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Leaders Cuba and Puerto Rico drew in Group A at Concacaf Caribbean Women´s Qualifiers
Puerto Rico´s Karina Socarras # 9 scored one of the two goals in a draw against Cuba In their Group A play in the Concacaf Caribbean Women's Qualifiers (CCW) at the Estadio Panamericano on Wednesday Mayo 9, 2018 (Photo: Fedofutbol)

San Cristobal, Dominican Republic - Leaders Cuba and Puerto Rico drew 2-2 in their Group A Concacaf Caribbean Women's Qualifiers (CCWQ) at the Estadio Panamericano on Wednesday.

Cuba had to rally from 2-0 down to force the draw, which takes it to seven points. Puerto Rico stays second in the group on five.

Scoring for Puerto Rico were Karina Socarras Villalonga (15th minute) and Rachel Thun (22nd). Cuba got their rallying goals from Rachel Pelaez Ellis (71st) and Lilian Perez Sandoval (82nd).

Cuba started the competition with a flourish defeating host Dominican Republic 5-1 on Saturday's opening game, before its position in the group with an 11-0 victory over Aruba on Monday.

Puerto Rico, meantime, kick-started its campaign with 10-0 win over Anguilla on Saturday and followed that up with a 0-0 draw with the Dominican Republic on Monday.

Aruba moves to third in the standings with three points while the host has one point to its name. Anguilla sits at the bottom of the grid without a point.

Action resumes on Friday with Aruba taking on Puerto Rico at 2:00 p.m. local time, while the Dominican Republic seeks its first win in a meeting with Anguilla at 4:30 p.m.

Cuba will rest on Friday.

The winners of the five CCWQ groups will advance to the final round of the Caribbean qualifiers to be held August 25-September 2.
The top three teams from the final round will qualify for the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship October 4-17.  Group A of the confederation qualifiers is set to be played in Cary, North Carolina, while Group B will be contested in Edinburg, Texas. 

The final stage will then take place in Frisco, Texas, with the top three teams qualifying as the CONCACAF representatives to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. 

The fourth-place finisher will engage in an intercontinental play-off for the possibility of qualifying another Concacaf team. 

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