El Salvador beats Haiti 1-0 in Gold Cup
HOUSTON (AP) -- Rodolfo Zelaya scored off a saved penalty kick in the second half, and El Salvador edged Haiti 1-0 to advance in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday night.
The victory earned El Salvador (1-1-1, 4 points) a berth in the quarterfinals of the biennial tournament. Haiti (1-2, 3 points) could still reach the quarterfinals as one of two best third-place teams, pending other results.
Group B leader Honduras (2-0, 6 points), which already is through to the next stage, plays Trinidad and Tobago (0-1-1, 1 point) in the nightcap of a doubleheader at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Zelaya netted the goal after Haiti goalkeeper Frandy Montrevil stopped his penalty kick in the 76th minute. The goal was not without controversy, as Haiti players adamantly protested linesman Philippe Biere's foul call on Jean Marc Alexandre, which was upheld by referee Javier Santos.
It was Zelaya's third goal of the tournament. He scored twice in a 2-2 draw against Trinidad and Tobago to open group play July 8.
Zelaya was twice denied by the post in the first half, including a free kick from midfield in the 39th minute that caught Montrevil off his line.
The post first foiled Zelaya in the 18th after Montrevil whiffed on a clearance attempt outside his box, giving the Salvadoran an empty net. But his shot rattled the far post.
El Salvador had a goal disallowed in the 71st minute on an offside call off a free kick.