Guatemala's Marco Pappa (blue shirt) arrives at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City for a flight to Bermuda for a June 15, 2015, World Cup qualifier. (Photo: Rudy Martinez Diaz)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- After a goalless draw in the opening match of their World Cup Qualifying, second round series on Friday night at a rainy Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, visiting Bermuda and Guatemala were left with little time to think about their performances.
After all, the turn-around time for the second leg was incredibly short as the sides will meet again on Monday in Bermuda.
"We know we have to play 180 minutes,” Guatemala goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez told CONCACAF.com. “The first 90 are now finished, but we hope that we can get it in the net because we are creating scoring plays.
"The team cost him settle into the first part...then we started cravings. What affected us most was that the pitch was heavy today."
Midfielder Marco Pappa, who went the distance in the first leg, is trying to keep matters in perspective.
"We have to stay positive and put on the right face," said the 27-year-old. "I have to thank the people who, despite the rain, came to support us. A zero to zero is not bad. If we score a goal against them, they have to get two. Qualifying is definitely coming at cost for us, but Guatemala is going to advance.”
Bermuda head coach Andrew Bascome was satisfied with the result, but realizes that Guatemala will pose a serious threat on the road.
"Guatemala is a tough opponent,” said the 52-year-old. “It has experienced players, professionals. It is a team that should not be underestimated and we hope to do well in the return game.
"I hope to make some tactical changes, both in offense and defense for Monday.”
Bascome also revealed that Nahki Wells, a veteran of English league play, has recovered from an injury and will be available for selection after missing out on Friday.