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Haiti - FLASH Gold Cup 2019 : D-Day, the Grenadiers face the «Canucks» of Canada have a rendez-vous with history
The two teams, each having a faultless result in their group (3 games, 3 wins, 9 points), will compete for the first time in the quarter-finals after a 12-year period, without a face-to-face encounter. Canada won [2-0].
The challenge is great for our Grenadiers against Canada (78th in the FIFA rankings) and twice twice Champion of the Gold Cup (1985 and 2000).
In addition, our Grenadiers will have in front of them, the two best scorers of the Gold-Cup, Jonathan Christian David (born of Haitian parents in Brooklyn), with a list of 5 goals and the Canadian Lucas Cavallini (4 goals).
On Friday, coach Marc Collat in the pre-match press conference stressed that this match was a rendez-vous with history, recalling that our Grenadiers have never managed to reach the 1/4 final of the Gold Cup and more, they have not fefeated Canada since 1973. Canada in the 10 clashes between the two teams has a record of 7 wins, a loss (1973) and two draws. "For us, it would be a great first since in previous editions, Haiti had reached the quarters on several occasions, but never the semi-finals, so that's our goal. We know that the walk is high but, we will do everything to get there."
Ask about his preference as an opponent in the event of a victory over Canada, Collas replied "We're not there yet ! My only concern is the game of Canada where we are far from being a favorite so we will try to play well against this team of Canada after it will be time to think about playing against Mexico or Costa Rica [...]"
Regarding Canada's Canucks, Marc Collat said, "This Canadian team is very balanced. It has no fault with an impressive defense and attackers who score a lot of goals. So, we will have to be in top form to be able to fight against this team but as we have done against Costa Rica, I hope we can do it against Canada."
On the Canadian side, we expect a tight match against a team from Haiti very combative and caution is in order. Coach John Herdman does not take the next clash against Haiti lightly "It will be a tough match because it's a good team that won its qualifiers and just beat one of the tournament favorites", adding We did a lot of training and we watched a lot of our opponents. But in 12 years many things have changed in our Grenadiers and Canada should remember as we say in Haiti "Everything is possible even the impossible"
The winner of this quarterfinal match will face the winner of the Mexico - Costa Rica match on July 2 in Phoenix (Arizona, USA).
Good luck Grenadiers, all Haitians look at you and we are proud of you!
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