World Football - Cuba win their first Caribbean Cup

Cuba celebrated their first Caribbean Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in St. John's, Antigua.

World Football - Cuba win their first Caribbean Cup

View photo

Cuba's Marcel Hernandez, seen here with Panama's Luis Henriquez, scored Cuba's winning goals against Trinidad and Tobago to win the Caribbean Cup (AFP)

A long-range Marcel Hernandez goal in the 22nd minute of extra time gave the Cubans a 1-0 victory over the eight-time Caribbean champions.

In a largely cagey encounter, Carlyle Mitchell went close for Trinidad and Tobago in just the sixth minute, hitting the post with a header from a corner.

Cuba could have taken the lead in the 61st minute but Jaine Colome Valencia blasted a penalty over the crossbar.

But the extra-time winner gave Cuba revenge for their 2-1 loss to the Soca Warriors in the 1999 final.

As well as crowning the champion of the Caribbean, the tournament also served as a qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2013 which also features teams from Central and North America.

Beaten semi-finalist Haiti and Martinique also qualified for the tournament to be held in the US in July.

View comments (0)