Honduras, Morocco draw at Hampden

BY foxsports • July 26, 2012

A second-half double from Jerry Bengtson wasn't enough to hand Honduras only their second ever win in the Olympic Games as 10-man Morocco held on for a 2-2 draw at Hampden Park.

The Africans enjoyed the better of the opening period and went ahead seven minutes before half-time thanks to a sweetly struck volley from Abdel Barrada.

Honduras responded excellently after the break though and were level on 55 minutes when Bengtson tapped home Maynor Figueroa's shot from close range.

Bengtson then scored again from the penalty spot, but the lead only lasted two minutes before Zakaria Labyad equalized with a scooped effort that eluded Jose Mendoza.

Zakarya Bergdich was then shown a red card for kicking out at Mario Martinez with 19 minutes remaining but Honduras couldn't take advantage of their man advantage as the points were shared.

However, manager Luis Suarez was happy with how his side performed in the second-half.

"In the first-half we weren't at our best, but in the second we were much quicker, we moved the ball much better and always in the Olympics Honduras shows its best face," he said.

Morocco boss Pim Verbeek, meanwhile, was happy to have escaped with a point having played the last quarter with 10 men.

"We started a little bit nervous which is normal for young players in their first big tournament, but in the second part of the first-half we played well and scored a very good goal.

"After half-time we conceded two goals in quick succession from our own mistakes in giving the ball away. However, we showed good spirit to come back to 2-2."

Honduras manager Luis Suarez was happy with how his side performed in the second-half.

"In the first-half we weren't at our best, but in the second we were much quicker, we moved the ball much better and always in the Olympics Honduras shows its best face.

"When the result is a draw it is normally a fair result and Morocco were tactically very good as Japan and Spain will be. However, we are also a very difficult team to beat."

Suarez was also very complimentary about the Hondurans' experience in Scotland and hoped that more players might follow the path of Celtic left-back and current Honduran international Emilio Izaguirre.

"The experience here is great for our players to play in stadiums like these. Scotland has received some of our players like Emilio very warmly and hopefully it will continue to keep its doors open as we have many players of a high quality."

Morocco boss Pim Verbeek meanwhile was happy to have escaped with a point having played the last quarter with 10 men.

"We started a little bit nervous which is normal for young players in their first big tournament, but in the second part of the first-half we played well and scored a very good goal.

"After half-time we conceded two goals in quick succession from our own mistakes in giving the ball away. However, we showed good spirit to come back to 2-2.

"Then we got a very unprofessional red card and we had to fight very hard to stay at 2-2 so with 10 players a draw is the best result we could have hoped for."


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