Cuba outlasts Curacao in the Caribbean Cup

Cuba's Yasmany Lopez (pictured) celebrates after scoring against Curacao in a Caribbean Cup match on November 13, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Orisbel Leiva scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time to give Cuba (1-1-0, 4 points) a 3-2 win over Curacao (0-0-2, 0 points) in the Caribbean Cup finals on Thursday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The result lifts the Cubans into second place in Group A, two points behind Trinidad & Tobago (2-0-0, 6 points), which sealed a 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup berth with a 4-2 victory over French Guiana (0-1-1, 1 point) earlier in the evening. 

Cuba and Trinidad will meet in a rematch of the 2012 final on Saturday with the Soca Warriors needing only a draw to clinch the group title and a spot in the November 18 championship encounter.

Curacao, which will square off against French Guiana on Saturday, had rallied twice from one-goal deficits on goals by Prince Rajcomar and Gevaro Nepomuceno. 

It was Jorge Luis Corrales, though, who gave Cuba a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute.  The left-back received a pass after making an overlapping run to slip a shot past goalkeeper Jarzinho Pieter.

Rajcomar leveled for Curacao at the stroke of half-time.  The well-positioned 29-year-old forward, chipped a pass to himself with the outside of his left foot, turned and fired home from nine yards. 

Six minutes after the break, Yasmany Lopez restored Cuba’s advantage, heading in at the near post off a right-sided feed from Yenier Marquez Molina.

In the 69th minute, Curacao leveled again with Gevaro Nepomuceno drilling a right-sided free kick from inside the near post from 21-yards out. 

The Curacaoans had a chance to grab its first lead of the match in the 83rd minute, but Vidarrell Merencia could find the frame from 12-yards out.

Leiva, however, showed no sympathy as he netted the game-winner deep into time added on.