As TT loses to Mexico …THAT FATAL FLAG

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For those old enough to remember. 1973! Trinidad and Tobago had four goals disallowed in a 2-1 loss to Haiti and we did not make it to the World Cup in 1974.

The referee in that match was banned for life for his deliberate decisions, which if they were not made, would have seen in Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup Finals in 1974, and not having to wait until 2006 in Germany.

Fast forward to Tuesday night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The flag of the assistant referee was raised to indicate offside against local player, Joevin Jones, which clearly there was no offside.

The goal scored was disallowed. That would have put Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 up. The goal was disallowed and Mexico scored in the second half to win 1-0.

A single goal from defender Diego Reyes in the 57th minute earned Mexico all three points in their FIFA/Concacaf World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

But local fans felt cheated by a dubious offside call by Jamaican referee Valdin Legister that prevented them from going ahead in the first half of the match, and perhaps a possible win or at least a share of the points.

After absorbing relentless Mexican pressure, midfielder Khaleem Hyland, the architect of a neat build-up, found Joevin Jones unmarked in the area and he made no mistake, beating goalkeeper Afredo Talavera with a powerful left-footed drive that nestled into the roof of the Mexico net. But Legister spoiled the party by blowing offside.

Tuesday night’s defeat has left the local team at the bottom of the six-nation tournament. The top three team automatically qualify for Russian 2018, while the fourth place team goes into a play-off.

In Panama, the host team drew 1-1 with the United States. Host nation Honduras also drew 1-1 with Costa Rica.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, coach Dennis Lawrence later brought on Jermille Boatswain and Andre Boucaud as replacements for skipper Kenwye Jones and Hyland in an attempt to salvage a point from the contest, but a steady Mexican defence prevented all attacks at goal.

Only Jones (Joevin) was given a last-ditch chance from a free kick at the top the box, but his attempt deflected off the wall before being cleared to safety.

Going into the back-to-back matches against Panama and the Mexicans, coach Lawrence had aimed at four points, but he got three from Friday’s 1-0 victory against Panama at the same venue.



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