Mexico too much for Honduras
Published on 25 July 2021
Jonathan Dos Santos (#6) one of Mexico’s goal scorers in their match against Honduras in the Concacaf Gold Cup quarterfinal. (Photo: Concacaf Media)
GLENDALE, Arizona (July 24, 2021)—Mexico booked a semifinal spot in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup with a convincing 3-0 over Honduras when the sides met on Saturday. Playing at the University of Phoenix Stadium, El Tri made it four clean sheets in as many matches en route to dominating the Catrachos, who barely threatened all game.
Mexico looked the sharpest team—not only the match but also the entire competition—and created chance after chance, demonstrating incredible confidence in front of goal. It was essentially over in the first half with a 13-minute blitz by Mexico putting the match beyond doubt.
Rogelio Funes Mori opened the scoring in the 26th minute of play. The Argentine-born forward produced a picture-perfect header off the base of the post after he got on the end of a Luis Rodriguez cross from the right side. Mexico were up and running.
Moments later, in the 31st minute, Jonathan Dos Santos conjured up a worldly strike to put his team up two goals. Dos Santos volleyed home incredibly from 20 meters after a failed clearance by Honduras. The LA Galaxy star quite possibly stole the show and had a celebration to match the effort.
Orbelin Pineda tallied his team’s third goal with a thunderous header in the 38th minute. This time, the service from wide was supplied from Jesus Corona and Pineda timed his run between the center backs to perfection to ferociously head past Luis Lopez in goal.
Honduras never looked a threat save for a few half chances that were quickly snuffed out by Tata Martino’s men. The remainder of the match saw Mexico manage affairs quite comfortably, giving some much-needed rest to key players. With the win, Mexico has now made it eight straight Gold Cup semifinal appearances and will be looking to make their status as favorites count, making amends for losing the Nations League final to rivals the United States.
Earlier in the day, invitees Qatar advanced to the semifinals by beating El Salvador 3-2 behind goals from Almoez Ali with a brace and Abdulaziz Hatem. Joaquin Rivas scored both goals fo