El Salvador beats Haiti 1-0 in Gold Cup

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 15 at 9:02 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half, and El Salvador edged Haiti 1-0 to advance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday night.

The victory earned El Salvador (1-1-1, 4 points) a berth in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament. Haiti (1-2, 3 points) could still reach the quarterfinals as one of two best third-place teams, pending other results.

Group B leader Honduras (2-0, 6 points), which already is through to the next stage, plays Trinidad and Tobago (0-1-1, 1 point) in the nightcap of a doubleheader at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Zelaya netted the goal after Haiti goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil stopped his penalty kick in the 76th minute. The goal was not without controversy, as Haiti players adamantly protested linesman Philippe Biere's foul call on Jean Marc Alexandre, which was upheld by referee Javier Santos.

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