Posted on October 13, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — He had just given Guatemala a stirring and dramatic World Cup qualifying victory over Jamaica on Friday night, but striker Carlos Ruiz reminded the media that nothing had been accomplished.
The 2-1 victory over the Caribbean side kept the Guatemalans (3-1-1, 10 points) tied with the United States (3-1-1, 10), also 2-1 winners at Antigua & Barbuda on Friday. Jamaica (2-2-1) is in third place with seven points.
“The win was valuable, but we are not yet qualified for the next round, so we must keep a cool head because you have not achieved anything,” Ruiz was quoted by the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre.
Ruiz headed in a cross in the 85th minute to boost the Central Americans to the win over the Reggae Boyz in front of a crowd of 20,000 at Matteo Flores Stadium.
The Guatemalans will visit the U.S. in Kansas City, Kansas in the final match on Tuesday night. Both teams can clinch spots in the 2013 hexagonal round, even if they lose. That would occur if Jamaica loses at home to Antigua the same night.
Photo: Carlos Ruiz: “The win was valuable, but we are not qualified for the next round.” Scott Bales/YCJ
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, Guatemala, Jamaica, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Carlos Ruiz, CONCACAF, Prensa Libre, World Cup qualifying