Grenada National Teamby Michael Bascombe in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, September 8, 2015 – Grenada’s hopes of qualifying to the next round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia were dashed on Tuesday following a 3-0 loss to Haiti in Port-au-Prince.

The Haitians advanced on a 6-1 aggregate after a 3-1 victory against Grenada in St George’s last Friday.

Wilde Guerrier, Duckens Nazon and Kervens Belfort confirmed the home side’s passage to the Fourth-Round Group Stage, in front a raucous crowd including President Michel Martelly at the Stade Sylvio Cator.

Haiti went on the attack early in the game and Reginald Goreux sent a left curling ball in the ninth minute which hit the cross bar. Grenada responded positively a minute later from a corner kick but goalkeeper Johny Placide plucked the ball airborne to quell a counterattack from the visitors.

Under pressure, captain Shanon Phillip and goalkeeper Jason Belfon collided which left the defender hobbling until he was later substituted.

Guerrier appeared surprised that he wasn’t blown for an offside and his belated celebrations sent the thousands of home fans into frenzy in the 27th minute.

The Grenadian defenders and bench were livid that the assistant referee didn’t intervene. But that was the start of frustration as the speedy and powerful Duckens Nazon gave Haiti a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute. Haiti took advantage of striker Jamal Charles being stretchered off and David Cyrus being treated for a bruised thigh and changed of bloodied trousers.

It was the second goal for the Paris-born striker who also scored in the first leg game last Friday.

The chances were few and in between for Grenada and ineffective, as in the 31st minute when Charles could not get around Placide in a one-and-one situation.

Haiti sealed their victory in the 50th minute with Kervens Belfort scoring another controversial goal but referee David Cantar of Canada wasn’t interested in Grenada’s appeal and to the delight of the home team and their supporters.

With Grenada out of their way Haiti must now turn its attention to Group B which includes Costa Rica, Panama and beaten CONCACAF Gold finalist Jamaica.

Jamaica also advanced with a 4-3 aggregate over Nicaragua after a 2-0 win in Managua. The Reggae Boyz were on the verge of elimination following a 3-2 loss to the Central Americans in Kingston last Friday.

The fourth-round group stages will be played from November 2015 to September 2016.


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