Posted on September 11, 2012
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Striker Carlos Ruiz did what he does best, striking for yet another goal for Guatemala in World Cup qualifying.
In fact, it was all the scoring in the match as the Guatemalans registered a 1-0 CONCACAF Group A semifinal win over Antigua and Barbuda on Tuesday night.
The victory placed the Central Americans (2-1-1, seven points) into a first-place tie with the United States (2-1-1, seven), which recorded a 1-0 home triumph over Jamaica.
The 32-year-old Ruiz, who struck for a brace in a 3-1 away win over Antigua on Friday, scored in the 25th minute at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Guatemala’s all-time leading scorer, Ruiz scored his 55th goal goal in 103 appearances midway through the first half. He fired home a shot from distance into the top corner of the net.
Some solid play by goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez help the hosts at bay the rest of the match.
Ruiz was named the TropiGol.com men’s player of the week for his efforts last week.
In the third and final phase of the semifinal round, the Guatemalans will host Jamaica on Oct. 12 and visit the U.S. four days later.
The Antiguans will host the U.S. on Oct. 12 before playing at Jamaica on Oct. 16.
Photo: Carlos Ruiz has scored three goals in his last three World Cup qualifying matches. Andy Mead/YCJ
Categories: Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean, Central America, Guatemala, World Cup Qualifying
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