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Jul 15, 2015 at 11pm UK at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
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Result: Maykel Reyes goal takes Cuba into Gold Cup quarter-finals

Maykel Reyes hits a 73rd-minute winner as Cuba beat Guatemala 1-0 to advance into the Gold Cup quarter-finals.

Maykel Reyes scored the only goal of the game as Cuba beat Guatemala 1-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this evening.

The 22-year-old struck 17 minutes from the end as Raul Gonzalez Triana's side qualified from Group C as one of the best third-placed teams.

Cuba celebrates its 1-0 victory over Guatemala in a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C match in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 15, 2015© Getty Images

However, Leones del Caribe, who also reached the last eight in 2013 - their best-ever Gold Cup finish - had to ride their luck in the early stages in North Carolina.

Only two minutes elapsed before Guatemala first threatened, but Carlos Mejia failed to shoot or pick out the unmarked Carlos Ruiz at the back post.

They threatened again on 13 minutes but, after a neat one-two between Ruiz and Marco Pappa, the latter could only fire into the arms of goalkeeper Disovelis Guerra.

Shortly after the half-hour mark, Cuba threatened for the first time as Ariel Martinez's free kick curled narrowly wide of Paulo Motta's post.

The sides seemed poised to head into the break level, but Reyes had an opportunity to snatch a half-time lead although, instead of shooting, cut back for a teammate and the chance petered out.

A fast and furious start to the second period saw both outfits go close, with Ruiz smashing a half-volley narrowly wide on 48 minutes, before Martinez headed over the bar shortly after.

However, the deadlock was broken on 73 minutes when Reyes atoned for his earlier gaffe by heading home from close range for Cuba's first goal in the campaign.

Ruiz had the ball inside the net five minutes later, but it was ruled out for offside as Cuba held on to book their spot in the last eight.

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Head coach Miguel Herrera of Mexico looks on from the sideline in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Mexico and Cameroon at Estadio das Dunas on June 13, 2014
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