As a reminder of what is on the line here in the Gold Cup. Outside of winning the Gold Cup and being the Concacaf Champion, the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup will play the winner of the 2013 Gold Cup (USA) for a berth in the Confederations Cup in Russia 2017.
Trinidad and Tobago (FIFA Rank 64) v Panama (62)
Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) was the surprise winner of Group C via a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the opener, a 2-0 win over Cuba and a stunning 4-4 draw with Mexico in the finale. T&T scored the group winning goal in added time from a corner kick while Mexico fans were raining water bottles down on the T&T player. It capped off a stunningly entertaining match with a draw.
Panama played well throughout Group A and went undefeated. But they did not win a game. They drew with Haiti in the opener, Honduras in the middle game and the USA in the final game where they needed at least a draw to advance. Curiously enough, no team from Central America won a game as the four Gold Cup entrants from Central America finished with a combined 0-9-3 record (W-D-L).
Mexico (40) v Costa Rica (41)
Coming into the Gold Cup, this game could easily have been the predicted Gold Cup final as they would not have played until the final had each team won the group. However, 2nd place in Group B is playing 2nd place from Group C. Mexico is the favorite but mostly because they are Mexico and not because of how they are playing. There is massive pressure from the Mexican media on Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera to win this tournament, if they are eliminated this early it is likely that this will be his last match in charge.
Costa Rica is looking to regain the form that saw them a penalty kick shootout away from the World Cup Semi-Finals last summer. Costa Rica beat Uruguay and Italy and drew with England to win their group. Then they eliminated Greece in the knockout rounds on penalty kicks before falling to the Netherlands on those same penalty kicks.
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