|Guadeloupe's Jean-Luc Lambourde tackles Canada's Will Johnson during the first half of their CONCACAF Gold Cup. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)
Dwayne De Rosario gave Canada the boost it needed to register a win at the Gold Cup against Guadeloupe.
After a disappointing 2-0 loss to the Americans on Tuesday, the Canadian squad needed the win to keep hopes of making the quarter-finals alive especially considering they¹re only other meeting at the Gold Cup resulted in a 2-1 Guadeloupe win.
And a 1-0 win they would get after a relatively uneventful match.
The Guadeloupe side went down a man early when, in the 10th minute, Jean-Luc Lambourde was ejected for sliding, studs up, toward Canada¹s Will Johnson who, despite staying down for a few minutes, would finish the game.
Youngster Milan Borjan got the start in net for the Canadians, replacing Lars Hirschfeld who took the loss against the Americans earlier in the week.
The 23-year old goalie was relatively untested following Lambourde¹s ejection, but shone in the 28th minute when Guadeloupe¹s Brice Jovial made it past the Canadian defence and forced Borjan to make a save.
It wasn¹t until the 51st minute when the Canadians were given a penalty kick after Guadeloupe¹s Stephane Zubar was given a yellow card for pulling Ali Gerba¹s jersey before shoving the attacker to the ground, that Canada broke the tie. De Rosario beat Guadeloupe¹s Franck Grandel low to record his 16th international goal and what would turn out to be the winner.
The game would remain tentative until Guadeloupe attacker Livio Naba was given a yellow card after slamming into Borjan who was forced to remain in the game because Canada had already used up all three substitutions despite appearing to injure his shoulder on the play.
Canada will face Panama on Tuesday in Kansas City.