CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, June 9 (Reuters) - Javier
Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos both scored twice as defending
champions Mexico routed Cuba 5-0 in the Gold Cup on Thursday to
become the first team to reach the quarter-finals.
The win, Mexico's second 5-0 rout in a row, came hours after
the news that five of their players in the squad had tested
positive for the banned substance clenbuterol in tests carried
out on May 21.
Decio de Maria, general secretary of the Mexican Football
Federation, named the players as Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco
Rodriguez, Edgar Duenas, Antonio Naelson 'Sinha' and Christian
Bermudez and said they had been suspended from the tournament.
Hernandez gave Mexico a 1-0 lead with a header in the 35th
minute at the Bank of America stadium and three goals in five
minutes just past the hour, two from Dos Santos, put the match
Hernandez, who scored a hat-trick against El Salvador,
volleyed home Mexico's fifth in the 75th minute to take his
tally to five for the tournament.
Aldo De Nigris scored Mexico's other goal shortly after
coming on as a substitute.
In an earlier Group A match, Randall Brenes scored in the
closing seconds of injury time to lift Costa Rica to a 1-1 draw
with El Salvador.
(Reporting by Mike Mouat in Windsor, Ontario. To query or
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