Honduras and Guatemala play scoreless draw
Guatemala played with nine men in the final 11 minutes, but
managed to tie Honduras 0-0 on Monday night in the second game of a
Group B doubleheader at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
When the game was over, Guatemala’s fans celebrated as if their
team had won.
Honduras played in the World Cup last year for the first time
since 1982. Five members of that team started against
”We did a job, that’s for sure,” Guatemala coach Ever Hugo
Almeida said. ”We wanted to recover the grit, the discipline and
the desire not to lose.”
After the first group games, Jamaica holds first place with
three points and a goal differential of plus-4 following its 4-0
victory over Grenada earlier Monday. Guatemala and Honduras are
tied for second with one point.
Guatemala’s Gustavo Cabrera was ejected in the 61st minute after
receiving his second yellow card. Teammate Henry Medina received
two yellow cards within five minutes and was expelled in the 79th
Guatemalan goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez made five saves. His biggest
came in the 60th minute, when he blocked Carlos Costly’s
point-blank shot seven yards from the goal line.
With seconds remaining, Guatemala’s fans chanted Jerez’s
”It was a difficult game,” Honduras coach Luis Ferando Suarez
said. ”We had too much in common with our opponent and they caused
us a lot of problems.”
Oscar Garcia had two chances to score for Honduras. But defender
Cristian Noriega cleared Garcia’s 10-yard shot away from an open
net in the 23rd minute. Then Garcia’s 22-yard shot hit the crossbar
in the 33rd minute.
Henry Lopez, an 18-year old player from Osbourn High School in
Virginia, made his debut for Guatemala’s senior team. Lopez scored
the winning goal in a 2-1 win against the United States to put
Guatemala in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.