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GOLD CUP WRAP: USA, Mexico, Panama and Honduras through to semis

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarter-finals were played on the weekend with tournament co-favourites USA and Mexico moving through to the final four. On Saturday in East Rutherford, El Tri booked their spot in the semi-finals with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Guatemala whilst the States produced a 2-0 result against Jamaica in Washington on Sunday.

Aldo de Nigris and Javier Hernandez did the damage for Mexico, who fell behind when Guatemala's Carlos Ruiz netted in the fifth minute, to tee up a meeting with Honduras in the semi-finals in Houston on Wednesday.

The Hondurans got through to the penultimate knockout stage by Costa Rica 4-2 on penalties after the score was tied at 1-1 at the end of extra-time.

Jerry Bengtson scored four minutes after the break but Costa Rica's Dennis Marshall equalised seven minutes later, however, it was Honduras who prevailed in the shootout, converting all four of their spot-kicks.

The USA were served by Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey, who scored second half goals, to get past Jamaica as Panama shaded El Salvador 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

The Panamanians will now meet the USA, who they defeated in the group stage last weekend, in the semi-final at Reliant Stadium on Wednesday night.

2011 CONCACAF Golf Cup quarter-finals

Saturday June 18Costa Rica: 1 (Dennis Marshall 56') Honduras: 1 (Jerry Bengtson 49') *Honduras won 4-2 on penalties New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - 78,807

Mexico: 2 (Aldo de Nigris 48', Javier Hernandez 66') Guatemala: 1 (Carlos Ruiz 5') New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - 78,807

Sunday June 19Jamaica: 0 USA: 2 (Jermaine Jones 49', Clint Dempsey 80') RFK Stadium, Washington, DC - 45,423

Panama: 1 (Luis Tejada 89') El Salvador: 1 (Rodolfo Zelaya (p) 78') *Panama won 5-3 on penalties RFK Stadium, Washington, DC - 45,423

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Andrew Slevison
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