Thanks to young star striker Raul Jimenez, Mexico are headed for a rematch with Panama in the semifinals of Gold Cup. El Tri struggled throughout their quarterfinal against Trinidad and Tobago, but Jimenez placed a brilliant finish past Jan Michael Williams in the last 10 minutes to seal a 1-0 win.
Jimenez looked dangerous early and often for Mexico. He had a goal disallowed in the 3rd minute for a narrow offside call that could have gone either way. T&T didn't have many chances on the night and forced Jonathan Orozco into his only difficult save in the 8th minute when Andre Boucaud hit a powerful drive from the top of the box following a corner that Orozco tipped over the bar.
The first half ended rather unceremoniously and the start of the second half wasn't considerably more lively. While Williams had a good goal in net for Trinidad and Tobago, making 10 saves, only a couple of them were more than routine. Up until the goal, Mexico's best opportunity was a shot by Jimenez that snuck by Williams, but bounced off the post and deflected clear in the 55th minute.
It looked like T&T were going to be able to hold on for extra time until the 84th minute, when Jimenez stole the win for El Tri. He placed a first-time shot off a near post cross by Miguel Layun to the far post, curled around the hand of Williams to break the hearts of the underdogs.