By Douby Jean
After having brilliantly passed Canada’s stage with an extraordinary comeback, the Haitian football selection stood up to the talented Mexican team in the semi-finals of the 15th edition of the Gold Cup. But it took this imaginary penalty awarded by the Qatari referee Al-Jassim to the Aztecs who won the debates (1-0).
This Gold Cup was really good for the blue and red. As Marc Collat's foals burned the stages, it was as they became a head box for their next protagonist. They were advancing at high speed and from ascending to ascending. So, for the semi-finals, Mexico should remain constantly on guard.
At State Farm Stadium, an unprecedented match should put Haitians and Mexicans face to face. From now on, the statistics were turning in favor of the giants of North America. But that day, on the ground, the debate was very tense between the two adversaries. On the one hand, Jonathan Dos Santos' teammates were putting serious pressure on with repeated assaults and on the other hand, Jems Geffrard and Andrew Jean Baptiste had erected the Berlin Wall in the Haitian defensive line.
After 90 minutes of play, the score was still a par and we headed straight for extra time. Haitian resistance was still the same until the central referee invented a penalty converted into a goal by Raul Jimenez. Since then, the protégés of Collat have constantly sought the goal of equalization but it was in vain and have left the competition by the back door.
Time and again house arbitrations prevent our various selections from continuing their way and it is a situation that will certainly continue throughout the competitions. One thing is clear, this match against Mexico will never be erased from the memory of the Haitians in particular because of the way in which the debates ended.