Canada vs Guatemala pre Gold Cup friendly
Canada went on the attack from the opening whistle, pushing forward and getting its first corner kick in the opening minutes. A few moments later, Canada was on the scoreboard with the opening goal from Gerba. It was Marcel de Jong who played the ball in from the left side before Gerba headed it in.
As the half progressed, Canada continued to maintain pressure on its opponent. Canada had the better part of possession and won four corner kicks while conceding none. Wagenaar was hardly tested behind the defensive line of Kevin McKenna, Dejan Jakovic, Paul Stalteri and Mike Klukowski.
Canada also came close to scoring a second goal in the first half. Will Johnson fired a shot just wide of the net on one opportunity and de Jong hit the crossbar on another terrific chance late in the half.
Late in the first half, Guatemala’s Fredy Thompson took down Julian de Guzman. The play brought both teams to the centre of the pitch. As this was a friendly match, both Thompson and de Guzman were replaced for substitutions.
Before the second half, coach Stephen Hart made three more changes. He switched goalkeeper Greg Sutton for Wagenaar, defender Richard Hastings for Jakovic (who had a cut on his chin), and forward Josh Simpson for de Jong. He made three more changes in the second half: Simeon Jackson for Jaime Peters, Issey Nakajima-Farran for Johnson, and Adrian Cann for McKenna.
Early in the second half, Bernier made it 2-0 on what was his first international goal with Canada’s national team. Simpson made a good run into the Guatemalan end before Klukowski played the ball to the other side of the pitch. Johnson controlled the ball in the box six yards from the line, but he pushed the ball back to an unmarked Bernier who entered the play at the top of the box. Bernier fired home the low shot past the diving goalkeeper.
Ten minutes later, it was another Canadian substitute causing trouble in the Guatemalan end. Jackson had control of the ball in the Guatemala box before he was tripped by captain Gustavo Cabrera. Canada was awarded the free shot from the penalty mark, so striker Gerba made it 3-0 with a shot to the top right corner of the goal.