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NY Cosmos defeat Cuba 4-1 in friendly match amid detente

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HAVANA (AP) — The New York Cosmos soccer club have defeated Cuba’s national team 4-1 in a friendly match held during the first visit to the island by a U.S. professional team since the two countries began their detente effort in December.

Lucky Mksona scored two goals, in the seventh minute and against in the 41st, sandwiched around goals by Cosmos teammates Sebastian Guenzatti in minute 31 and Hagop Chirishian three minutes after that.

Andy Vaquero scored Cuba’s lone goal at the 50th minute.

The game was played in a persistent rain that prevented the 74-year-old Brazilian soccer legend Pele from making the symbolic opening kick. But thousands filled the stands at Pedro Marrero stadium, cheering on the game with soccer songs.