Costa Rica and Haiti progressed the knockout stage of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Gold Cup.
Both nations had won their opening games of the tournament and headed into their second ties at Toyota Stadium in confident mood.
Haiti enjoyed a strong start against Nicaragua with Steeven Saba finding the net in the 22nd minute with a right-foot shot.
The advantage was doubled nearly 10 minutes later when Manuel Rosas deflected an effort from Derrick Etienne into his own net.
Nicaragua attempted to find a response in the second half, but Haiti held on for a 2-0 victory.
Haiti’s place in the knockout stage was then confirmed, with Costa Rica joining them on six points by beating tournament debutants Bermuda.
Mayron George gave Costa Rica a first-half lead, with Elias Aguilar doubling the advantage shortly after halftime.
Bermuda threatened an unlikely fightback after being awarded a 59th-minute penalty, which was despatched by Nahki Wells.
Their efforts to find an equaliser proved fruitless, with Costa Rica’s 2-1 win guaranteeing them a place in the next round.
Costa Rica and Haiti will meet to decide the group winners on June 24, while Bermuda and Nicaragua will hope to end their participation on a high.
Tomorrow’s key match will see El Salvador and Jamaica go head-to-head as they seek a second Group C victory.