Mexico claimed their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an entertaining 1-0 win over the United States in the final on Sunday.Jonathan dos Santos was the hero with the 73rd-minute winner at Soldier Field in Chicago.Dos Santos took his chance excellently in a game during which USA squandered theirs, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore missing early opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jordan Morris also had a header cleared off the line before Dos Santos’ winner came after a period of dominance by Gerardo Martino’s men.¡Golazo de Jonathan Dos Santos! Impresionante jugada de México, asistencia de taco de Raúl Jiménez y Dos Santos la clavó en el ángulo.#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro pic.twitter.com/Y8VAAygTy7— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019USA made a brilliant start and created two great chances in the opening eight minutes.The first opportunity fell to Pulisic, who was denied in a one-on-one by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after being set up by Altidore.Altidore should have opened the scoring for USA soon after, but he scuffed an effort wide after a wonderful change of direction on the edge of the area.Mexico responded and almost took the lead through Andres Guardado, who blazed over from inside the area under heavy pressure from Paul Arriola.In what was a frantic end-to-end first half, Arriola fired another decent chance wide for USA from inside the area.USA continued to enjoy the better opportunities to begin the second half, with Morris’ 51st-minute header from a corner cleared off the line by Guardado.Mexico were much-improved after that chance, enjoying a good period that included Jesus Gallardo directing a 25-yard volley straight at USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the 68th minute.And they capitalised on their period of dominance with the opener just five minutes later through Dos Santos’ third international goal.A fine move down the right led to Raul Jimenez back-heeling a pass into the path of Dos Santos, whose excellent left-footed effort went in via the underside of the crossbar from just inside the area.That would prove to be enough for Mexico as they saw out the closing stages to secure the title.¿Cómo se grita un gol en una final? @jona2santos#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro @miseleccionmx pic.twitter.com/O7Z9bV3bk6— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019What does it mean? Mexico pull clearWhile USA had the better of the chances, Mexico’s win marked their eighth Gold Cup crown. That moved them two titles clear of USA, who have won six.Martino delivers for MexicoMexico impressed after Martino took charge in January, although their performances in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup never reached any great heights. Still, the Argentinian helped deliver the title for Mexico.USA left to rue missed chancesThe hosts dominated long periods without capitalising and they were made to pay. Pulisic and Altidore missed good chances and Morris had another cleared off the line, while Mexico saw their period of dominance capped off with Dos Santos’ winner.What’s next?USA are looking ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League in October, while Mexico will face Argentina in a friendly in September. read more
During a monitoring mission to Nauru from 3 to 5 December, UNHCR found that although efforts are under way to improve the facilities, current arrangements there do not meet international protection standards. “Accommodation conditions are harsh, a fully functioning legal framework is absent, and there is inadequate capacity to assess refugee claims,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Members of the mission, whose report was released today in the Australian capital, Canberra, met Nauruan officials to discuss the country’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention. They also visited the regional processing centre to review reception conditions, and spoke to asylum-seekers, service providers and officials of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). “What UNHCR found was a lack of clarity as to the legal and operational roles and responsibilities of the two State parties involved in the transfer arrangements,” said Mr. Edwards. “Despite the evident commitment and work of both Australian and Nauru officials, including the establishment by the Government of Nauru of a legal framework for processing asylum claims, considerable and important work remains to be done to establish a functional system for refugee status determination. “The current lack of clear and effective processing arrangements for asylum-seekers may be inconsistent with the purpose of the transfers, namely to undertake refugee processing in a fair, humane, expeditious and timely way.” The UNHCR team described the conditions at the detention centre as “harsh,” with little natural shelter from the heat during day. These conditions are aggravated by significant noise and dust from the construction of the permanent facility. The team also found a number of transferred asylum-seekers who are suffering from pre-existing trauma, some of them being survivors of torture, raising questions about the capacity of health providers on Nauru to adequately address such specific needs and about the effectiveness of the pre-transfer assessments undertaken by Australian authorities prior to selection and transfer. “UNHCR fears that the current uncertainty about responsibilities for different aspects of processing and on-going delays in the commencement of such processing are together and over time likely to have a significant and detrimental impact on the mental and physical health of asylum-seekers transferred from Australia to Nauru,” Mr. Edwards stated. “Unless these issues are addressed without delay, the impact is likely to be exacerbated by the unsatisfactory reception conditions within the detention settings of the processing centre on Nauru.” The mission’s report recommends the need for more information and clarity for asylum-seekers about their situation, and counselling on the procedures and time frames of various steps in line with international standards. Asylum-seekers should also be provided with adequate conditions of accommodation, and the legal framework, rules and procedures for processing of transferred asylum-seekers in Nauru should be completed as a matter of urgency, the team stated. “Our report also calls for review of pre-transfer assessments in Australia to ensure that these fully take into account vulnerabilities of individuals who may have suffered torture or trauma,” said Mr. Edwards. He added that UNHCR’s preference has always been an arrangement which would enable all asylum-seekers arriving by boat into Australian territory to be processed in Australia, consistent with general practice. The first transfers of asylum-seekers from Australia to Nauru took place in mid-September. So far, more than 400 people have been transferred. Between January and October this year 12,279 people sought asylum in Australia.