Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats Martinique 2-1 in Final Group Game at CONCACAF U20 Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Beats Martinique 2-1 in Final Group Game at CONCACAF U20 Championship

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Canada beats Martinique in U20 group finale

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BRADENTON, Fla. - Clement Bayiha's first-half goal stood as the winner as Canada defeated Martinique 2-1 on Saturday to wrap up group play at the CONCACAF men's under-20 championships.

Steffen Yeates also scored for Canada, which failed to advance to the second round of the tournament by not winning its group.

Raphael Axel had Martinique's lone goal in the 69th minute. Noble Okello had a chance to extend Canada's lead in the 83rd minute but his header hit the post.

The Canadians opened the tournament, which served as a regional qualifier for next year's U-20 World Cup in Poland, with wins over Dominica and Guadeloupe but lost their next two to Panama and St. Kitts & Nevis to fall from the top spot.

"We knew we had to build some Concacaf understanding and we did that," said head coach Andrew Olivieri. …

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