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Game Recaps: Canada 2:2 Cuba

Canada looked to be on their way....but Cuba showed fight to claw back to tie.

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Some chilly temperatures and rain greeted Canada and Cuba as they looked to book passage into the semi-final stages of the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament. Although it was a sparse crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the football was mildly entertaining.

Canada opened the scoring in the in the first half while capitalizing on a defensive breakdown in the 26th minute by Michael Petrasso. The ball trickled past a number of Cuban defenders and found its way in to give Canada the lead. It was short lived as Cuba was able to pull even in the 33rd minute with a goal from Arichel Hernandez Mora. The first half ended 1-1.

The second half was a bit of a different story. Cuba carried the better of the chances but found themselves down 2-1 after a howler in goal. Molham Babouli had a free kick from 25-30 yards out that found its way under the arms of the Cuban goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez Mustelier. It was not reflective of the way the second half was going, but Cuba did have their chances to equalize.

And then there was the chip.  Nothing better then seeing a keeper get chipped and it happened in the latter moments of this one.  Canada may eventually advance to the semi-finals, but after giving up a chipped goal late, they will need to wait for the USA-Panama game.  But Cuba deserved that one.  They were the better team in the second half and it was a fair scoreline to end tied at 2.