Honduras beats El Salvador to earn Olympic spot
Second-half substitute Gerson Rodas scored twice in a
goal-filled overtime, giving Honduras a 3-2 victory over El
Salvador on Saturday in the semifinals of the CONCACAF Olympic
Honduras earns its second straight Olympic berth and third since
2000. El Salvador, the surprise Group A winner, has not qualified
”There were a lot of doubters in our country,” Honduras coach
Luis Fernando Suarez said. ”Our own fans were nervous and didn’t
really trust that we could accomplish the goal. This is something
to be very proud of.”
Rodas scored in the 101st minute to put Honduras up 2-1, but
Edwin Sanchez – another substitute – equalized in the 106th when he
snapped home a header from just right of the penalty spot on a
cross from Xavier Garcia.
That set the stage for Rodas’ game-winner in the 115th, when he
ran onto D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar’s cross from the right
corner and headed it inside the left post.
”We are real happy,” Najar said. ”It’s an important game for
us to win. I don’t have words to describe this moment.”
Antony Lozano scored in the first minute for Honduras, but
Milton Molina equalized in the 77th for El Salvador.
”I am proud of my guys and what they put into it,” El Salvador
coach Mauricio Alfaro said. ”They are a top level team, it’s a
tough loss, but I am proud of my guys.”