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Jamaica stun Canada to reach Nations League semi-finals

TORONTO (AFP) – Jamaica shocked Canada 3-2 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Nations League and seal a place at next year’s expanded Copa America taking place in the United States.

Two second-half goals from Shamar Nicholson and a late Bobby Reid penalty handed the Reggae Boyz a stunning second-leg upset at Toronto’s BMO Field to send the Jamaicans through on away goals after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

Canada, who had won the first leg 2-1 in Kingston on Saturday, looked to be heading towards the last four after Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies put them 1-0 up on the night after 25 minutes to extend the aggregate lead to 3-1.

But Jamaica hit back with Nicholson’s shot into the bottom corner making it 1-1 after 62 minutes. Four minutes later he levelled on aggregate when he slid home a close-range finish.

There was more drama moments later when Ismael Kone headed home an equaliser that put the Canadians back ahead on aggregate.

Canada’s relief was short-lived. On 75 minutes Stephen Eustaquio was adjudged to have handled in the area and Reid stepped up calmly to fire in the penalty that sent Jamaica into the last four.

Jamaica endured a nervous finish after being reduced to 10 men following Demarai Gray’s 84th-minute dismissal, but the Reggae Boyz held on to advance.

Jamaica’s Shamar Nicholson scores. PHOTO: AP