Guatemala's Minor Lopez (front) battles for the ball with Jason Morrison of Jamaica during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the Mateo Flores Stadium in Guatemala City, October 12, 2012.
(Photo : REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez (GUATEMALA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP))
The CONCACAF will finally finish its first round on Tuesday as only one team has been guaranteed a spot in the hexagonal round.
Jamaica vs. Antigua And Barbuda 7: 15 p.m. EDT
Jamaica is down to the last of its lifelines. After a 2-1 loss to Guatemala Jamaica is essentially at the mercy of the US vs. Guatemala match. If that ends in a draw, it does not matter how many goals Jamaica scores in this one because they will already be eliminated. But if one team wins in that match, the Jamaicans need to open up a four goal win over Antigua and Barbuda.
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They can also enter into a one game playoff with Guatemala if the US beats Guatemala, Jamaica beats Antigua and Barbuda, and the combined goal difference of the two matches is three. Jamaica must also outscore Guatemala by 3 goals.
But the task is as difficult as it sounds. Antigua and Barbuda are out of contention, but they drew Jamaica last time the teams faced off. They will play for pride and make life difficult for Jamaica who will be on the attack the entire match.
Past Qualifying Matches
Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1 on June 8, 2012.
Jamaica Drew 0-0 with Antigua and Barbuda on June 12, 2012.
Jamaica defeated USA 2-1 on September 7, 2012, before losing 1-0 to them on September 11.
Jamaica lost to Guatemala on October 12, 2012.
Antigua and Barbuda lost to the USA 3-1 on June 8. Then they lost 3-1 to Guatemala on September 7 and 1-0 on September 11.
They then lose to the USA 2-1 on October 12.
Prediction: Jamaica wins 2-0, but it is not enough to make it to the next round.
This game is not being broadcast.