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

Guatemala.

”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

minute.

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

name.

”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.