Two goals from Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez were not enough to give Mexico three points from a visit to San Pedro Sula, Honduras during the Hexagonal phase of World Cup qualifying.
Honduras managed to rescue a draw at home with two goals in the second half.
Honduras: Valladares, Bernardez, Figueroa, Peralta, Izaguirre, Espinoza, Garrido, Boniek, Mario, Costly, Bengtson.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Severo Meza, Francisco Javier Rodríguez, Hector Moreno, Jorge Torres Nilo, Carlos Salcido, Jesús Zavala, Javier Aquino, Andres Guardado, Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernández.
Referee: Courtney Campbell
The game started with a few fouls from both sides. It was Javier Aquino who made the first attempt in the sixth minute but it was wide.
Mexico had greater control of the game with Honduras trying attacks with long balls.
In the 27th minute Andres Guardado sent in a cross from the left edge of the box. Chicharito met the ball in front of the goal and headed in to the back of the net to put Mexico up 1-0.
Honduras attempted responses to no avail during the first half against the positioned Mexican defense.
Hernandez added a second goal for Mexico in the 53rd minute. Salcido took a free kick that headed towards the goal. Hernandez showed up and pushed the ball to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Mexico continued to hold on to the lead throughout the second half. In the 64th minute Hernandez left the field due to leg cramps and Omar Bravo entered the game.
In the 76th minute Carlos Costly cut the lead in half.
Oscar Garcia took a corner kick and Costly was able to beat ‘Maza’ Rodriguez to send the ball past Guillermo Ochoa.
In the 78th minute Honduras was awarded a penalty from a foul by ‘Maza’ on Costly.
Bengston stepped up to take it and Ochoa managed to block the initial shot. However, the ball rebounded straight out to Bengston who simply pushed the ball to the back of the net and equalized.
The Mexican side was unable to take the lead and split the points with Honduras.
Mexico will next face the United States on March 26 at the Azteca Stadium. El Tri will be without Maza for the game who is out based on yellow card accumulation.