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Erick "Cubo" Torres features once again as Mexico narrowly defeat Cuba to advance to Central American and Caribbean Games tournament final

It wasn't easy this time, but Mexico are one game away from the gold medal.

Cubo and Mexico move on to the final.
Cubo and Mexico move on to the final.
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After four matches in the competition, Mexico's U-21 squad now find themselves in the championship game of the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.

Although the team was dominant during the group stage, El Tri found themselves in a 0-0 tie with Cuba on Wednesday after 90 minutes of regular time in the semifinal match of the tournament. Even after an extra 30 minutes of extra time, Mexico and Cuba were once again tied with a 1-1 scoreline after 120 minutes.

El Tri were so very close to an embarrassing early exit from the tournament, but eventually defeated the Cuban squad 7-6 in penalty kicks.

Erick Torres played the first 83 minutes of the match, before being substituted out for Marco Bueno, who converted a penalty in the shootout. It's the first game of the tournament Cubo played in which he didn't score a goal.

All will be forgiven for the national team if they are able to sneak past Venezuela in the gold medal match on Friday. Anything less than gold will unfortunately be seen as a failure from the squad who has an immense home-field advantage in the competition, which is being played in Veracruz.


Cuba: Yordan Santa 98'

Mexico: Raul Lopez 120'

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