San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Ended the nightmare at home for the Honduran national team after losing 0-1 to Mexico in duel corresponding to the penultimate day of the Concacaf Octagon.
The only goal of the match was from attacker Júnior Lacayo’s own goal at 71 minutes, when he had just entered at minute 69.
In this way, the Honduran squad continues without being able to win in the qualifying rounds and with this fall it officially remains painfully in the last place of the octagonal.
The Bicolor showed in this tie that it was not theirs, they barely added a point in the Olympic (draw against Costa Rica), then all the rivals came to win.
On the last day to be played this Wednesday, March 30, the Catracho team will be visiting Jamaica in an inconsequential duel. The H adds 4 points and the Caribbean have 8 units.
Mexico, meanwhile, completed the 25 points, the same as the United States, which is in second place, and remains 3 behind Canada, the first ranked team.
The Mexicans virtually assured their pass to the World Cup and will certify it on the last date when they receive El Salvador.
“Bolillo Gómez played not to lose, the Bicolor’s offensive proposal was too poor against a Mexico that was not the aggressive team of other times.
The Aztecs had possession of the ball but without effectiveness for much of the game. Just two dangerous shots, both by Raúl Alonso Jiménez, were the ones that put the catracha defense in trouble in the first half, then the defense was fine.
Bolillo Gómez bet on a populated midfield, with Bryan Acosta and Kervin Arriaga as shields and Alfredo Mejía looking for the exits.
The visitors were not that dangerous team, the wingers, Hirving Chucky Lozano on the right and José Manuel el Tecatito Corona on the left, rarely won the deep line.
The catracho laterals stood up well; Wesly Decas scoring against Napoli from Italy and Marcelo Santos against Sevilla from Spain. The lack of depth was one of the factors that made the national team play deep down.
In the first half Ángel Tejeda only had one clear play but with his back to the frame, he made the triangulation with Arriaga and he enabled Acosta who took out a shot that crashed into Rodríguez.
In the second half, Bolillo returned to the team that tied in Panama, sending Edwin Rodriguez to retain the ball. The Olympian was planted as a second midfielder to put pressure on him.
The Mexicans kept looking for the goal.
Rodríguez barely tried and Kevin López put the most dangerous when he took a left foot that forced Memo Ochoa to fly. It was the first shot to the frame in an hour of the game that the Bicolor made.
But Mexico had one. After taking a corner kick, Edson Álvarez appeared with a header who combed the ball at the near post in complicity with Júnior Footman to seal the triumph of the tri.
0. Honduras: Luis Lopez; Marcelo Santos, Marcelo Pereira, Denil Maldonado, Wesley Decas; Alfredo Mejía, Kevin Arriaga (d. 46, Edwin Rodríguez), Bryan Acosta (d. 83, Gersón Chávez), Cristian Sacaza (d. 53, Alex López), Kevin López and Ángel Tejeda.
Coach “Bolillo” Gomez.
1. Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sánchez, César Montes, Johan Vásquez, Gerardo Arteaga (m,67. Uriel Antuna), Edson Álvarez; Héctor Herrera, Carlos Rodríguez, Jesús Manuel Corona (m.67, Diego Laínez); Raúl Jiménez (m.80, Henry Martín) and Hirving Lozano.
Coach: Jorge Theiler (assistant).
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Honduras falls to Mexico and finishes last in the octagonal