Gold Cup Final 2011 Score, USA Vs. Mexico: Giovani Dos Santos Scores Unbelievable Dagger Goal

The United States had slowly but surely been coming back into the Gold Cup Final against Mexico between Pablo Barrera's second goal and the 76th minute, but they're now in some serious trouble and there appears to be no way back. Giovani dos Santos has been brilliant all night for El Tri, but in classic Gio fashion, has missed all of his shots just inches wide. Until now.

Mexico now leads by a score of 4-2, thanks to an absolutely unbelievable chip goal by dos Santos. With just barely over 10 minutes to play, that goal is almost certainly the dagger, and Mexico should be walking away from this one as Gold Cup champions. 

Tim Howard and the United States defense gifted the opportunity to Gio, as they desperately flailed around out of position in an attempt to clear the ball. Howard went down after the ball but completely missed as Gio dribbled away. Still, he had a lot of traffic to deal with, so instead of playing a conventional shot, he hit a chip towards the far post. He hit the far upper 90 so perfectly that, despite the presence of defenders on the line, they had no chance to clear the ball as it sailed into the back of the net.

For more on how the two teams got to this point, check out our USA vs. Panama stream and our Mexico vs. Honduras stream. For more updates leading up to USA vs. Mexico, bookmark this StoryStream. For all of our previous Gold Cup coverage, check out the Gold Cup 2011 section. For more on Mexican football, including the Mexican national team, the Mexico vs. USA game, and the Mexican Primera, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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