Zone features: Have Jamaica 's U20 players closed gap on Mexico?

By November 07, 2018
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    Paulo Dybala praised Argentina's new-found team spirit under interim boss Lionel Scaloni after their 2-0 friendly win over Mexico.

    Dybala played 72 minutes as Argentina eased to victory in Cordoba thanks to Ramiro Funes Mori's header and a late Isaac Brizuela own goal.  

    The win means Scaloni – who took temporary control of the national team in August after their tumultuous World Cup campaign under Jorge Sampaoli – has won three of his five games in charge.

    And Juventus forward Dybala believes their recent turnaround in form is down to an improved atmosphere in the squad.

    "We are working well," he told reporters. 

    "I said it in the other matches as well, the group is very nice, and we are all available for what the coach asks.

    "We are trying to help, there is a good atmosphere and you can see that in the results we have obtained."

    Mexico's interim boss Ricardo Ferretti, meanwhile, was less than impressed with his side’s display, admitting he expected a lot more.

    "We were a long way off, I was hoping the players would play better," he told a media conference.

    "We made a lot of mistakes that players at this level shouldn't do. We have to reassess certain things, we have to give opportunities to players with distinct characteristics."

    When asked if his side were far away from the finished article, he said: "Far is a drastic word, but it's true we have a lot of work to do."

  • Cornwall College, JC head to Champions Cup final after comfortable wins Cornwall College, JC head to Champions Cup final after comfortable wins

    Jamaica College (JC) and Cornwall College will clash in the final of the 2018 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) rebranded Champions Cup all-island knockout football competition. 

  • JC coach Peart eyes consistency ahead of big run of games JC coach Peart eyes consistency ahead of big run of games

    Jamaica College (JC) coach Andrew Peart is looking for consistency from the unit ahead of a huge run of games, following an impressive show of strength against STETHS in the semi-finals of the ISSA Champions Cup on Friday.

    A hat-trick from striker Earon Elliot and another from Javian Thompson led JC to a punishing 4-0 win over St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) at Sabina Park.  The result pushed the team into the final of the Champions Cup, where they will look to become the first team to win the competition twice.  The ‘Dark Blue’ will face Cornwall College (CC) in the final, who earlier defeated George’s 2-0.

    Before then, however, JC will have to turn their attention to a semi-final against St Andrew Technical, a repeat of last year’s final four match-up.

    Excellent performance but this is just the semi-finals,” Peart said of the result.

     “We have to try and repeat this on a much bigger stage and game by game.  Consistency is the key for us, that is the target and we just have to go again,” he added.

    JC will attempt to become the first team to win the trophy twice.

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