MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Adan Noel scored one minute into second-half stoppage time and Trinidad & Tobago defeated Guatemala 1-0 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Trinidad finished its Group C play with four points from two games, three better than Jamaica and four ahead of Guatemala, which must beat the host on Saturday to advance.
Noel's strike came somewhat against the run of play, driving a rebound from 23 meters after his free kick struck the Guatemalan wall.
Guatemala, which had coach Gary Stempel expelled in the 30th minute, was reduced to 10 men immediately after the goal when keeper Johnny Navarro, who already had a yellow, was ejected by Barbadian referee Trevor Taylor apparently for dissent.
Neither team generated much offensively at the start, with both sending passes awry.
Possession and chances improved in the second half, and with Guatemala's Luis Perez putting a left-footed shot over the crossbar.
An increasing number of half chances followed, however, with Navarro tipping a speculative effort from Trinidad over the crossbar.
In the 74th minute, Albert Barrientos came close for Guatemala, which looked the more likely team to score.
Guatemala outshot Trinidad 19-11, but only seven of the 30 chances were on goal.
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