Mexico wins olympic qualifying tournament; Mexico U-23 2, Honduras U-23 1

Mexico defeats Honduras the CONCACAF olympic qualifying tournament(Photo Credit AP)

Mexico defeated Central American rivals Honduras in extra time to win the CONCACAF olympic qualifying tournament.

They return to the olympics after missing the previous two competitions.

Despite the 2-1 loss, Honduras receives a spot at the 2012 London Olympics.

Marco Fabian and Miguel Angel Ponce scored Mexico’s goals during the final.

Mexico remained undefeated throughout the tournament.

Honduras took the lead in the 47th minute with a goal from Alexander Lopez. Lopez received a cross and headed it past Mexican goalkeeper Jose Antonio Rodriquez for the 1-0 advantage.

Marco Fabian followed up with a potent right-footer past Jose Alberto Mendoza in the 74th minute to level the score.

The teams headed in to extra time and it was Miguel Ponce in the 115th minute with the 2-1 to cement Mexico’s win. A pass from Israel Jimenez was controlled by Ponce’s left foot before he scored the winning goal.

Honduras’ Wilmer Crisanto and Luis Fernando Garrido were sent off during the game and will miss their team’s opener in London.

Mexico’s David Cabrera will also miss the olympics despite helping the team qualify. Cabrera suffered an injury in the semifinal game against Canada and will be out for four to six months with a cruciate ligament injury.

Mexico: Rodriguez, Jimenez, Mier, Chavez, Herrera, Cortes, Fabian, Reyes, Enriquez, Ponce, Pulido
Subs: Aquino, Torres, Hugo Isaac Rodriguez

Honduras: Mendoza, Crisanto, Velasquez, Fuentes, Lopez, Rojas, Rodas, Peralta, Leveron, Quioto, Garrido
Subs: Najar, Peralta, Alvarado


10 thoughts on “Mexico wins olympic qualifying tournament; Mexico U-23 2, Honduras U-23 1”

  1. Great final, got a little bit out of control in the last few minutes of extra time. What do you guys think about the play leading up to the second goal in which mexico didn’t return the ball for fair play?

    1. Its kinda hard to say (in my opinion). I mean Mexico most should have returned it for fair play, but the way Honduras was fouling…not sure if I can really feel bad.

    2. Fair play went out the window when that honduras player got up imeadiately after being streched off. Just wanted to waste time. Honduras didnt even want to play the last partof the game.

  2. Plus , the guy that supposedly got hurt ( The reason Honduras kicked the ball out) was a total fake , and received a yellow for it , it was a slap in the face to everyone, and fair play.

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