FRISCO, Texas- While Nicaragua had better intentions for its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup debut, which ended in a 4-0 Group B loss to Costa Rica, the Central American team is still hopeful that its Gold Cup campaign can end with the team advancing out of the group stage.
“I think we corrected a lot of errors in the second half, the team was more aggressive," said head coach Henry Duarte in his post-match press conference. "In modern day football, if you do not have a player to make a difference in the final third, one that can be lethal in that zone, you really miss out and that's what we missed in the first half.”
Nicaragua will be playing to stay alive in the tournament with more possession of the ball and its defense, led by Luis Fernando Copete, to play a key role.
"We have to be able to handle the pressure, showcase what we have been training and not making a lot of errors on our end,” mentioned Copete.
As it gets ready to face Haiti on Thursday, Nicaragua will be looking to get three points.
"Nicaragua has to keep going, it has to win something, and the only way to do so is by facing it up front. I do not know otherwise,” added Duarte. “Our battle is with the two rivals that are coming in, Haiti and Bermuda, but we had to try against Costa Rica. I still have a feeling that Nicaragua will qualify for the next phase."