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Cuba busca mejorar de cara a la Copa Oro

Ariel Martínez de Cuba (uniforme blanco),  enfrentando a Curacao, anotó tres goles en la Copa Oro de CONCACAF del 2013. 

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Cuba se clasificó para la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF del próximo año de una manera única. Cada partido que jugó en las finales de la Copa del Caribe 2014, cayó en  los minutos finales.

En los partidos del Grupo A, los Leones del Caribe encajaron un gol en el minuto 90 en el empate 1-1 contra Guyana Francesa, logró superar a Curacao (3-2) gracias a un tanto de Orisbel Leiva a los cinco minutos del tiempo de descuento y empató 0-0 contra Trinidad y Tobago en el partido para definir al ganador del Grupo.

En el partido del tercer lugar, los cubanos cayeron 2-1 ante Haití. Ariel Martínez acortó distancias con un minuto restante en el tiempo normal.

A pesar de sufrir su primera derrota de la competición, el  Campeón de la Copa del Caribe 2012 ya había logrado su octava clasificación consecutiva para la Copa de Oro, al ocupar el segundo lugar en la fase de grupos.

"Tengo que quitarme el sombrero ante los jugadores porque realmente lo intentaron", dijo el entrenador en Walter Benitez. "Ellos nunca se dieron por vencidos."

Benitez (42), ya está pensando en el evento de CONCACAF, con la esperanza de mejorar una aparición en cuartos  de final en la edición del 2013.

"Hay una serie de cosas que hemos visto que se deben trabajar", dijo Benítez, y señaló que el ataque tiene que tener más eficiencia. "Los jugadores de la ofensiva no fueron tan buenos como ellos no anotaron [muchos] goles. Eso es algo que tenemos que volver a trabajar. Con respecto a la zona defensiva el entrenador cree que “tenemos que fortalecerlo y hacerlo mejor cuando estemos en la Copa de Oro ".

La Copa del Caribe fue el primer gran torneo en más de doce años en la que uba no pudo contar con los servicios del portero Odelín Molina, quien se retiró del juego internacional después de la Copa Oro 2013. Diosvely Guerra, de 25 años, ocupó el puesto del veterano, encajando cinco goles en cuatro partidos de la Competencia.

 

 
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