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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 13, 2023: In their quest for a historic Gold Cup trophy, the Reggae Boyz faced off against the formidable Mexican team in the semi-final. However, Jamaica fell short of expectations, succumbing to a disappointing 3-0 loss.

Mexico’s forward Santiago Gimenez (L) fights for the ball with Jamaica’s defender Dexter Lembikisa during the Concacaf 2023 Gold Cup semifinal football match between Mexico and Jamaica at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 12, 2023. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Mexico wasted no time in taking the lead, capitalizing on a moment of defensive lapse by Jamaica to score just 82 seconds into the game through Martin. The Reggae Boyz struggled to contend with Mexico’s exceptional passing game and technical prowess, leaving them unable to maintain possession and resulting in conceding cheap fouls.

Jamaica’s forward Demarai Gray (C) fights for the ball with Mexico’s forward Erick Sanchez (R) and Mexico’s defender Jorge Sanchez (R) during the Concacaf 2023 Gold Cup semifinal football match between Mexico and Jamaica at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 12, 2023. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

Adding to Jamaica’s woes, Mexico extended their lead to 2-0 with a magnificent free kick by Chavez in the 30th minute, firmly establishing their dominance.

Dexter Lembikisa #2 of Jamaica watches the ball after he kicked it away from Jesus Gallardo #23 of Mexico in the second half of a 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinal game at Allegiant Stadium on July 12, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With an early advantage, Mexico expertly controlled the game, dictating the pace and frustrating the Reggae Boyz. Despite making changes at halftime, Jamaica struggled to find a breakthrough against Mexico’s well-organized defense, leaving their front three largely ineffective.

The match was marred by frequent fouls and stoppages, further hindering Jamaica’s attempts to mount a comeback. Mexico’s renowned goalkeeper, Ochoa, had little to do throughout the game, as Jamaica lacked creativity and failed to pose a significant goal threat.

In the late stages of the match, Mexico sealed their victory with a third goal, exploiting gaps in the Jamaican defense to provide Alvarado with an easy finish. Mexico now advances to the final where they will face Panama, who are vying for their first-ever Gold Cup title.

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