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Second-half goals lift Haiti over Jamaica
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Duckens Nazon (pictured) scored in Haiti's World Cup Qualifying win over host Jamaica on September 6, 2016, in Kingston. (Photo courtesy of Fédération Haïtienne de Football)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Haiti earned victory over Jamaica for the first time in a World Cup qualifier, defeating the current Caribbean champion 2-0 in the last fourth-round encounter for each on Tuesday at the National Stadium.

The result gave the previously winless Haitians (1W-1D-4L, 4 points) third place in Group B on goal difference (-2 to -8) over Jamaica (1-1-4, 4), which finished fourth slightly more than a year after it captured the runner-up spot in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Reggae Boyz were made to rue missing on first-half scoring opportunities in the 66th minute, when goalkeeper Andre Blake was beaten by Kevin Lafrance’s low drive into the right side of the net. The strike snapped the Haitians’ WCQ goalless streak at 559 minutes.

With two minutes left in regulation time, Duckens Nazon made it 2-0, netting his team-best third goal of the Russia 2018 campaign.

In three previous qualifiers against Haiti, Jamaica posted a 2-1-0 record and held a 5-1 advantage in goals scored.

NOTES:

  • Haiti didn’t concede more than one goal in any of its eight 2018 WCQs
  • Jamaica was shutout for a third straight WCQ.
 
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