'Chepo' has been relieved of managerial duties. Luis Fernando Tena will take charge for the upcoming game against the United States.
Mexico lost 2-1 to Honduras on Friday night during a qualifying game in the hexagonal.
A goal from Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead in the early minutes of a game, but a quick succession of goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes quickly gave Honduras the lead and confirmed their three points.
Mexico:Jesus Corona, Severo Meza, Diego Reyes, Hector Moreno, Carlos Salcido, Gerardo Torrado(69′ Javier Hernandez), Fernando Arce, Christian Giménez(55′ Andres Guardado), Giovani dos Santos, Angel Reyna(64′ Javier Aquino) , Oribe Peralta.
Honduras:Valladares, Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Palacios, Beckeles, Costly(79’Chavez), García(60′ Alvarez), Espinoza, Garrido, Najar(46’Bengtson).
Mexico gave early hopes.
In the sixth minute Giovani Dos Santos recovered a ball at the end of the opposition’s box. He made an incredible run down the left. Oribe Peralta was alone in front of goal received Dos Santos’ shot. He then slotted the ball into the back of the net and put Mexico up 1-0.
But that was all Mexico did during the night.
The team took their foot off the pedal and coasted and stopped looking for the second goal.
In the second half Honduras started to grow. The Honduran players began to make their way closer to Mexico’s end and it soon paid off.
The Mexican defense had trouble clearing the ball from the box. Honduras shot the ball and Corona attempted to hold on to it. The Mexican goalkeeper failed to keep it, and Jerry Bengston scored on the follow up to give Honduras the equalizer in the 63rd minute.
It didn’t take long for Honduras to pull ahead. In a counterattack Diego Reyes lost Carlo Costly as he ran towards the Mexican goal. Costly easily put the ball past Corona and turned the score around to give Honduras the 2-1 lead in the 65th minute.
Mexico had a glimmer of hope in the 80th minute when a shot hit just under the post.
But it wasn’t enough.
Honduras defeated Mexico at the Azteca for the first time and positioned themselves in third place to solidify their World Cup qualification campaign.
As of now, Mexico is in fourth place and doesn’t directly qualify for the World Cup.
Mexico will face the United States on Tuesday(September 10) in Columbus, Ohio.