July 8 (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones struck a superb 73rd minute equaliser to earn his country a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in their CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B game on Monday.
The outstanding Rodolfo Zelaya scored twice for El Salvador and almost grabbed a spectacular winner in what was a pulsating, entertaining encounter at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena.
Trinidad and Tobago grabbed the lead in the 11th minute when Keon Daniel burst through the middle of the El Salvador defence and confidently slotted home.
El Salvador, playing at high-tempo and making good use of the flanks, drew level 10 minutes later with a magnificent curling 25-yard free-kick from Zelaya.
Rafael Burgos hit the post for the Salvadorians four minutes before the interval but they went ahead in the 69th minute when Zelaya met a perfect cross from Darwin Ceren with a fine diving header.
The lead lasted just four minutes before striker Jones took a long ball down on his chest, broke goalwards and fired in a powerful left foot shot.
Both sides continued to pile forward and Zelaya almost had a hat-trick and the winner with an acrobatic effort that was tipped over the bar by Trinidad keeper Jan Michael Williams.
Honduras and Haiti were playing later in the other Group B game.
(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Peter Rutherford)