Group A of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup was thrown wide open as Canada lost 1-0 to Martinique on a 92nd-minute stunner from 38-year-old defender Fabrice Reuperne.
His goal against the Canadians in this year’s tournament goes some way to avenging Martinique’s defeat to Canada in the quarterfinals of the 2002 Gold Cup, where they lost 6-5 on penalties with Reuperne being one of the two players to miss from the spot.
The 38-year-old has had a nomadic career that has seen him spend time in Greece, France, as well as his native Martinique, and he is now with Golden Star de Fort-de-France in his home country. His international career has been similarly sporadic, going six years between caps from 2004-2010 and scoring just once. All told, he has made 25 appearances since making his debut in 2002.
His goal against the Canadians — as he rifled home a shot into the top corner to give Martinique a shock 1-0 win — puts his side in a good position to move on from the group in the tournament. According to coach Patrick Cavelan, it also gives the team some closure on their 2002 defeat.
After the game, Cavelan told reporters through a translator: “We still have bad memories from that quarterfinal against Canada. [Reuperne] was the same player that missed the penalty kick in that game. We got revenge for him.”