Seattle Sounders midfielder Jordy Delem and Martinique picked up their first points of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup on Wednesday night, handing Cuba a 3-0 loss.
Martinique dramatically increased its chances of qualifying for the knockout round, although it will require a result against Mexico in the final group-stage match, as well as some help from Cuba in their final fixture with Canada.
Delem started and played 90 minutes at the heart of a back three, shepherding the defense and keeping Cuba off the scoresheet.
In a relatively even affair, Martinique broke the deadlock on the brink of halftime, with Joris Marveaux heading home a cross from Kévin Fortuné in the 44th minute. Les Matinino then had a golden opportunity to double their advantage go begging an hour into the match, as Kévin Parsemain blasted his penalty kick over the goal.
The second goal eventually came, though, when Stéphane Abaul beat the goalkeeper off a header from another Fortuné cross in the 70th minute.
Cuba’s Erick Rizo received two yellow cards in a seven-minute span, culminating in his dismissal in the 80th minute. Fortuné took full advantage four minutes later, icing the match with a shot into the bottom corner.
Delem and Martinique wrap up the group stage on June 23 with a match against Group A and Gold Cup favorites Mexico (5:30 p.m. PT; FS1).