Mexico overwhelms Cuba 5-0 despite suspensions
Thursday, June 9, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos scored two goals apiece and Mexico overcame the distraction of a potential doping scandal to beat Cuba 5-0 on Thursday night and remain unbeaten in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Hours after the Mexican soccer federation suspended five players -- including defender Francisco Rodriguez and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa -- for testing positive for a banned substance, Mexico (2-0) got off to a sluggish start and put the game away with a three-goal burst in a 5-minute span midway through the second half.
Dos Santos scored twice during the flurry that overwhelmed Cuba (0-2), which has been outscored 10-0 in two games. Aldo De Negris also scored before Hernandez's second goal helped Mexico move atop Group A.