Pulido has 3, Mexico through in Olympic qualifying

Alan Pulido scored three goals to send Mexico through into the

semifinals of Olympic qualifying with a 3-0 win over Honduras on


Mexico’s skilled passing overwhelmed the Central Americans, who

struggled to attack.

Mexico was rewarded in the 15th minute when Javier Aquino went

on a run down the field before playing off to Pulido, who beat a

Honduran defender before firing in the opening goal. Pulido struck

again in the 40th minute of play when he fired a shot from 22 yards

that beat outstretched goalkeeper Jose Mendoza.

The forward from Tigres UNAL in the Mexican league completed his

hat trick just 41 seconds into the second half when he and Aquino

connected again.

Mexico is one win from making the London Games.