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(Jamaica Observer) PASADENA, California — Kemar Lawrence struck an incredible 88th-minute free kick to knock defending champions Mexico out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in their semi-final fixture here inside the Rose Bowl last night.

The 1-0 win advances Jamaica to their second consecutive Gold Cup final appearance, following their historic achievement two years ago when they lost 1-3 to Mexico.

They will face hosts the United States of America on Wednesday at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Mexico dominated the early exchanges with possessional and territorial play, but it was the Reggae Boyz who threatened first when Owayne Gordon blasted a shot at Jesus Corona in goal for Mexico.

Andre Blake, arguably the best goalkeeper of the tournament, then pulled off a brilliant double save when he blocked with his feet after the ball took a wicked deflection off the lunging Jermaine Taylor. His reflexes were catlike as he palmed away the follow-up from close range.

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