Score a goal, score another one, and keep scoring goals until the 90 minutes is up: Jamaica’s task for this game is not complicated. It won’t necessarily be easy to run up the score against Aruba, but that is what the Reggae Boyz will have to try to do in order to keep up the pressure on Group B’s leader and top seed, Mexico.
In the last round of games, Jamaica played Mexico to a 2-2 draw. It was a surprise result that gave the Reggae Boyz an unexpected path to the next round: if they can win their next two games and pile up a superior goal difference to Mexico along the way (since El Tri is also expected to win its remaining group stage games), then the Reggae Boyz will win Group B.
Easier said than done, not least because Mexico already has a seven-goal advantage over Jamaica’s goal difference after three rounds of matches in the group. But there’s a chance.
Aruba has had an uneven start to this tournament: an opening game 1-1 tie with Saint Martin, a 3-0 win over Grenada, followed by a 2-1 loss to Nicaragua. Jamaica will expect to win, but it isn’t clear which Aruba it will be playing: the one that couldn’t beat Saint Martin or Nicaragua, or the one that brushed Grenada aside. Whichever Aruba turns up, Jamaica’s job remains the same: score, score again, and keep scoring to the final whistle.