Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced past Mexico to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

By Associated Press
July 23, 2017

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.

Jamaica will face the U.S. on Wednesday night at Santa Clara, California.

Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake kept the game scoreless with a series of saves while Mexico dominated possession despite missing most its top players.

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Lawrence's late strike froze Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona. The ball rose past a five-man wall and curled into the left corner just below the bar for the New York Red Bulls defender's third career international goal and first in three years.

The Reggae Boyz have reached the final for the second straight Gold Cup tournament, but this stunning upset at the Rose Bowl ranks among their biggest international wins.

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