Nice start for Martinique! Although reduced to 10 for a large part of the meeting, the Martiniquans succeeded in their Gold Cup course with a victory (2-1) against El Salvador on Monday in Florida (United States).
The player of Nîmes, in Ligue 2, Patrick Burner (11th) and that of Orleans, in National, Kevin Fortuné (16th) are the two scorers from Martinique. At the same time, Fortuné becomes the first player of the selection to register a but in 3 consecutive Gold Cups!
After the expulsion of Jonathan Rivierez (48th), The « Matinino » relied on their goalkeeper Yannis Clementia, author of nine saves. He notably saved a penalty (83rd), against bowing to another in stoppage time.
Thanks to this success, Martinique is ahead of Group C, tied with Panama, winner of Costa Rica (2-1), in the competition between the best nations in the Concacaf zone (North America, Central America and the Caribbean). .
Eliminated in front of the group in its five previous participations, the Caribbean formation played its qualification in quarters against Panama Friday then on July 4 against Costa Rica, in the Red Bull Arena, enclosure of the Red Bull of New York in Harrison ( New Jersey).
Not recognized by Fifa, and therefore excluded from the World Cup qualifiers, Martinique is a member of Concacaf and can therefore participate in competitions organized by the Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.