Honduras beats El Salvador in extra time

March 31, 2012

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 qualifying tournament.

Honduras earns its second straight Olympic berth and third since 2000. El Salvador, the surprise Group A winner, has not qualified since 1968.

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.


Antony Lozano scored in the first minute for Honduras, but Milton Molina equalized in the 77th for El Salvador.