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Barbados thrashed 8-1 by Bermuda


Barbados thrashed 8-1 by Bermuda
Bermuda’s Zeiko Lewis (right) taking a shot at goal before Barbados’ Omani Leacock can attempt to close him down. (CONCACAF)

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Barbados’ Concacaf Gold Cup journey suffered a premature ending as they went down 8-1 to Bermuda in their crucial qualifier at the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Friday night.

The Tridents conceded four goals in either half including the fastest goal in Gold Cup history, scored by Bristol City striker Nahki Wells 17 seconds after kick off.

Concerned about a possible offside, Canadian referee Drew Fischer consulted the Virtual Assistant Referee (VAR) who deemed the goal to be a fair one.

Seemingly overawed by the occasion, the Bajans conceded possession on numerous occasions and failed to pose a serious attacking threat to their opponents.

After Wells’ opening goal, he returned in the 14th minute with a curling effort that nestled neatly inside goalkeeper Liam Brathwaite’s far post.

Veteran midfielder Reggie Lambe also gave a positive account of himself on his return to the team, contributing his side’s third goal in the 29th minute with a superb finish.

A free kick just outside the box 10 minutes later saw another returnee in Dante Leverock left unmarked at the back post and he had the simple task of steering his diving header past the stationery figure of Brathwaite in goal.

Barbados’ captain Hadan Holligan converted a rare opportunity on goal in first half stoppage time to reduce the arrears and give his side a fighting chance in the second half.

It was not to be however, as three goals in seven minutes effectively sealed the Bajans‘ fate.

With an hour played, centre back Krystian Pearce’s outstretched leg diverted Zeiko Lewis’ on target shot past Brathwaite to compound the Bajans’ misery.

Star striker Kane Crichlow was next on the scoresheet in the 66th minute after some clever play in the box and a tidy finish at the near post.

A minute later, Brathwaite was again picking the ball out of his net after Lewis’ low driven shot found its way into the right bottom corner.

At 7-1, the die seemed to be cast until substitute Dwayne Green committed a foul in the box to send Nahki Wells to the spot.

His initial kick was saved by Brathwaite’s legs but the kick had to be retaken as VAR ruled that Brathwaite’s feet were not on the goal line prior to making the save.

Wells retook the kick and powered it into the roof of the net, ensuring Brathwaite could not make a save at the second attempt.

On Tuesday, Bermuda will face Haiti, who secured a 6-1 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines, for a spot in group B alongside USA, Canada and Martinique. (NM)