June 21, 2019 / 2:18 AM / a month ago

Deflections give Haiti 2-0 win over Nicaragua

(Reuters) - Haiti were the fortuitous beneficiaries of two deflected first half goals then produced a solid second half defensive effort to beat Nicaragua 2-0 at the Gold Cup in Texas on Thursday.

Despite Nicaragua controlling possession for most of the game, Haiti got on the board in the 22nd minute when Steeven Saba’s long-range shot deflected off a defender past Nicaraguan goalkeeper Henry Maradiaga.

Haiti doubled the advantage 12 minutes later when Nicaraguan defender Manuel Rosas deflected the ball into his own net for an own goal on a scorching hot day in Frisco.

The Haitians are unbeaten in Group B. Second-placed Costa Rica face Bermuda later on Thursday.

Haiti and Costa Rica meet in New Jersey on Monday.

Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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