Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stunning Upset: Martinique Beats Canada 1-0 at 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Stunning Upset: Martinique Beats Canada 1-0 at 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Martinique stuns Canada 1-0 at Gold Cup


PASADENA, Calif. - Benito Floro may be wondering what he's gotten himself in for.

With Floro in the stands watching his team for the first time before taking over as head coach next month, Fabrice Reuperne scored in injury time Sunday as tiny Martinique sent Canada to a shocking 1-0 defeat at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Canada, which had largely been outplayed for most of the game but was seconds away from escaping with a point, couldn't clear a Martinique corner kick in the dying seconds of the match. The ball fell to Reuperne, who unleashed a screaming shot past Canadian goalkeeper Milan Borjan in the first game of the tournament for both countries.

Up against a largely inexperienced Canadian team, Reuperne was the oldest player on the field at 37 years old.

"I'm at a loss for words here," said interim head coach Colin Miller, who will be in charge of the team for the duration of the tournament.

"But you can't take that away from Martinique. I thought they did very well. I think we are going through a real transition period. What happened today was not because of what happened over the last week to 10 days. This is a combination of a lot of different things going on for years in Canada."

The loss to a country of just 400,000 is the latest setback for a Canadian program that also failed to advance to final stage of World Cup qualifying for Brazil 2014.

The loss was all the more stinging because despite being outplayed over most of the 90 minutes, Canada nearly escaped with a point. But after surviving repeated scares around their goal, Canada went down on the last kick of the game.

"I'm just devastated for our guys that we gave away a poor clearance and we didn't defend the corner well," Miller said. "I'm very disappointed but well done to Martinique."

After getting a few early chances in front of the Martinique goal, Canada suddenly found itself on the back foot and looked completely out of sorts as the tiny island nation applied the pressure.

Marcus Haber had Canada's first chance in the 10th minute when he got his head onto a corner kick from Will Johnson. …

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