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Stage set for Gold Cup quarter-finals

As CONCACAF competitions tend to be, the Gold Cup group stage was a strange little rodeo.French Guiana fielded an ineligible player, knowing full well it would forfeit the match (and subsequently get hit by sanctions).Honduras advanced despite failing to score; its three “goals” were awarded through French Guiana’s forfeit.The United States relinquished a two-goal lead in the second half to lightly regarded Martinique, but won anyway.Mexico laboured to put aside Curacao.Article Continued BelowThe tournament’s leading scorers with three goals apiece were a 16-year-old Canadian (Vancouver Whitecaps forward Alphonso Davies) and a Martinican who was briefly a Seattle Sounder (Kevin Parsemain).The U.S. matches (Nashville, Tampa, Cleveland) drew an average of 32,975. Mexico’s games (San Diego, Denver, San Antonio) attracted 48,829. Well, that’s not so strange.And now it’s onto the quarter-finals . . .

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