Mexico defeated Canada in the Gold Cup semifinals on Thursday night. A Hector Herrera stoppage time winner was also used to set up a final matchup with the United States.
VAR intervened and gave Mexico the chance to win from the penalty spot. A review had confirmed that Donell Henry was fouled in the area. Orbelin Pineda converted the goal to give El Tri the lead at the break.
Tajon Buchanan drew Canada level early in the second half with an excellent individual effort, picking up a long ball on the left edge of the area, beating his marker and firing past Mexico keeper Alfredo Talavera at his far post to make it 1-1.
Mexico was once more the beneficiary of a Video Review. Canada’s Mark-Anthony Kaye whistled at Mexico for a foul on Canada’s box edge after a VAR Check. Maxime Crepeau saved Carlos Salcedo’s spot kick to keep the draw.
Match was stopped in the second half due to an anti-gay chant by Mexico fans. Play resumed shortly thereafter.
Herrera grabbed a ball in the top area and scored in stoppage time to give Tata Martino’s team the win and a place in the final. It was a very intense match between the two sides, with some 13 minutes added.
Due to yellow-card accumulation, the Canadians were without striker Lucas Cavallini or defender Steven Vitoria. Ayo Akinola and Cyle Larin, forwards, were also absent due to injuries.
Canada reached its first semifinal since 2007, and was seeking its first title since 2000. Canada is the only country, other than the United States and Mexico, to have won the Gold Cup.
Mexico will take on the U.S., which beat Qatar in the other semi, in the Gold Cup final in Las Vegas on Sunday. In a thrilling finish, the U.S. defeated Mexico to win CONCACAF Nations League.