Mexico defeated Honduras by one-goal-to-nothing in a quarter-final match of the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup hosted by the United States of America.
Honduras left the competition without scoring a single goal.
The match proceeded at a very fast pace . The players of both sides were so tensed that unnecessary tackles were already flying amongst them in the very first minute of the game.
Rodolfo Pizarro scored in the third minute for Mexico. A cross by a Mexican player cleared the goal mouth and landed in front of Orbelin Pineda who sent a pass to Jesus Duena at the tip of the Honduras’ penalty box, Duenas’ final shot was tapped into the net by Pizarro inside the six yard box.
The El Tri were clearly the better side in the first half. They dominated the play with their passing game that left Honduras’ players chasing the ball for a long period in the first half.
With Honduras unable to launch any attacking play against their opponent, their players became very physical and made recourse to cynical challenges, which led to Rommel Quioto and Alfredo Mejia getting the yellow card.
The second half resumed and Honduras started to impose themselves more and more on the game. They were now able to disrupt the free flowing passing game of their opponent .
Mexico’s goalkeeper Jesus Corona, who what practically inactive in the first half, executed a breathtaking deflection of Quioto’s goal-bound free kick few minute after the second half resumed.
As the game proceeded, Mexico successfully resumed their passing game which enabled them to curtail the attacking play of Honduras.
Second half substitute, Alexandre Lopez nearly scored a wonder-goal when he aimed for the goal post with his corner kick. A full-stretch diving was what enabled Corona to push the goal-bound curler from entering the net.
At the end of the encounter it was evident that the El Tri were the better side, regardless of what the low score-line is likely to suggest.
Mexico will now face Jamaica on Sunday 23 July, 2017 in the Rose Bowl Stadium Pasadena, California,USA