Bermuda bow out
The 2018 World Cup may or may not take place in Russia, but wherever it is Bermuda won’t be there as the island’s 2018 World Cup dream ended 3-years prematurely last night after losing to Guatemala at home 0-1 to go out on aggregate after holding the Central American’s to an away goalless draw Friday night.
Without the still injured Nahki Wells, who in all honesty is probably the only player that would get into Guatemala’s team, Bermuda struggled to make chances and Guatemala after taking a lead in the 27th minute through Stefano Giordano, were comfortable winners. The goal was well taken but Bermuda’s defence and goalkeeper Dale Eve, who is on the books of Stoke City, did little to prevent it.
Whilst the amount of changes to the team was strange, another sell out crowd showed that this young team has been taken to heart, and with some good coaching qualification to next year’s Caribbean Cup is not beyond the realms of possibility.
Guatemala whose population of 16,000,000 dwarfs Bermuda’s 64,000 qualify for the 3rd Round alongside Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Curaçao and Belize, the last two beating countries way higher in the rankings.
Canada, Puerto Rico, El Salvador and Nicaragua are all expected to join them after the completion of the round. Jamaica and Haiti will join the 2nd Round winners for another knock out before Costa Rica, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad & Tobago join the 4th Round, which becomes a group stage.
Sadly Bermuda could not pull off the same surprise that Guam did by beating India today. The Pacific Island with a population of 165,000 beat India, where 1.25 billion people live, 2-1 in Asia’s 2018 World Cup qualification.