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Mexico squeaks by, Honduras wins on penalties in quarterfinals

Mexico Guatemala 1 (Reuters)

 

By FRANCO PANIZO

Mexico may have won its quarterfinals match, but it doesn't look as unbeatable as it did in the group stage.

El Tri advanced to the semifinals of the Gold Cup with a 2-1 comeback victory over Guatemala in front of a crowd of 78,807 at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Carlos Ruiz opened the scoring in the game, but Mexico rallied through second-half goals from Aldo De Nigris and Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez. 

Mexico will meet Honduras in the semifinals in Houston, Texas after Los Catrachos defeated Costa Rica via penalty kicks. Honduras and Costa Rica played to a 1-1 draw through 120 minutes, and the Hondurans secured passage to the next round in the shootout by outscoring Los Ticos, 4-2. Jerry Bengtson and Dennis Marshall scored the goals during regulation.

Here are the highlights from Saturday night's action:

 

 

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What do you think of Saturday's results? Think Mexico is beatable? Surprised Costa Rica lost to Honduras?

Share your thoughts below.

44 comments
  • marco

    LaVolpe says he never practices PK’s, but it’s his job to know who is in form to take them. Saborio is having a terrible year (confidence must be way down) and he should never have taken the PK in the run of play.

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  • NF

    Yes, Saborio needs to see a sports psychologist. He’s been way off this year. As soon as I saw him walking to the spot (both times), I said he would miss it.

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  • NF

    Any team is beatable, but Mexico is still by far the favorite. Guatemala had a bit of a lucky goal early in the match and decided to sit back and defend for 86 minutes.

    Mexico has been held for long periods without scoring, but once the flood gates open it’s all over. Guatemala didn’t allow that to happen.

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  • SuperChivo

    Sick goal by Lil’ Pea, but the first goal by DiNigris was an obvious foul by the player that first headed the ball, pushing himself up on the shoulders of the chapin defender. Guatemala did me proud!

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  • Fede

    Watching the highlights El TRI could’ve won 4-1…but an early goal vs teams that put ten players to defend afterwards is complicated for anyone. Still 16-2 is still better than any other team in the competition, and I think Mexico is way superior to Honduras, but it could get very interesting. After all didn’t Mexico dismantle CR 4-1?

    The Marquez challenge is a red card anywhere in the world except in New Jersey!

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  • PanchoMiguelMoralesdeConejo

    Bummer Guate didn’t hold out, and in seeing that goal by DiNigris yesterday, I think he came from an offside position in addition to the foul holding down his defender.
    Mexico clearly outclassed Guatemala, but Guatemala with that early goal put some fear into the big green meanies.

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  • DanO

    Anyone else get sick of the diving in the CR-Hon match? Honduras’ left wing, I think Portilla, was absolutely a shame with his antics. Should be a fun dive fest vs. Mexico. If El Tri is not careful, they could end up with 9 men!

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  • jpc

    Wait, I thought Mexico was gonna dominate through the tournament? I guess not. If that was the US, people would be calling for Bradley’s head, and massive changes in the lineup. The first goal would have been called ugly and or lucky, and going down 1-0 against Guatamala would be an atrocity. If it was the US

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  • Sporting Wood

    Thanks Guatemala for exposing a few cracks in the Mexican team and showing how a coach impacts a game.

    Bradley (note to self) – Impressive coaching; Guatemala side (tried) changing tactics, flow, pacing, substitutions with some urgency. Don’t be “the thinker” for 30 minutes.

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  • RichP

    It’s clear that sashed kits have an effect against Mexico. Lets please not wear the white kit – you can hardly see the stripe! Go USA!

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  • Oranje Mike

    Eh, once Bradley is sacked and replaced by a guy with minimal organization skills, El Tri will be back to losing 2-0 to the true kings of CONCACAF.

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  • artFut

    It looks like things are back to normal in concacaf! There’s El Tri and then the rest of Concacaf playing defense to avoid a blowout? Lets see how Jamaica play against Mexico in the finals.

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  • J-man 1221

    Did you see Charlie Davie’s dive? It was horrible. He practically jumped over the defender and the ref called a PK.

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  • Frantz Mathieu fan

    Worst “dive” of the day has to be the N. Korean U-17 keeper v. Mexico. He apparently got pulled a muscle as the ball boy was returning the ball for a goal kick. The fact that they were up 1-0 probably had nothing to do with it.

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  • Eurosnob

    In all fairness, the dive by the RSL player on the first PK was even worse. Two very soft PK cancelled each other out. RSL did not look its dominant self at home and was lucky to escape with the draw. I can’t believe that Pontius hit the woodwork twice in one game.

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  • throwaway

    If the alternative is being sent to the coal mines for losing a soccer match, I’d probably dive too just to preserve a lead.

    All hail Dear Leader!

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  • Kelly Goosecock

    Guatemala exposed Mexico by using speedy attackers to put pressure their back line. Even if BB does take note (which he won’t), the US does not have the talent to execute correctly.

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  • Good Jeremy

    Guatemala had much better chances throughout the first half and they could have had two more without much trouble. Defend and counter looked great until the halftime changes.

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  • Dale

    Seems like Guatemala parked the bus after that first goal and played counter attacking football…I give credit to Mexico who created chances and did enough to win, even though possession was all Mexico’s guatemala held on and only received 2 goals. It sort of reminded me of USA vs Panama, but it worries me that Mexico was capable of keeping composure and actually scoring when the opportunities came knocking. In the other hand, I think it has been proven that the USMNT does not have that capability at the moment. I think thats what makes Mexico the team to beat. super-subs, ability to score when needed, never losing patience,a red hot forward scoring goals like crazy, and always creating that perfect play to shift the balance of the game. Mexico is beatable, I just don’t think any team can actually do it at the moment.

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  • _rompe_la_red__

    Fair result for el Tri but I don’t understand what happened on Hernandez’s goal–The Guatemalan defender marking him stopped for no good reason eight yards out and let Javier run unmarked in front of goal. It was bizarre. I don’t see why he didn’t stay in front of him or move to cut down the angle. Guess I’ll just let the best striker in North America run wild in front of goal–What?

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  • bizzy

    Instead of people acting like a 2-1 win is a “failure” on Mexico’s part, how about giving props to Coach Ever Hugo Almeida and Guatemala. The team came out to play with determination, urgency and commitment. To be able to play the way they did shows good planning, tactical awareness and execution.
    Arreola – Comunicaciones (GUAT)
    Carlo Ruiz – Philadelphia Union(US)
    Jonathan Lopez – Marquense(GUAT)
    Jose Aguila – Comunicaciones(GUAT)
    Marco Pappa – Chicago Fire(US)
    Velasquez – SuchitepĂ©quez(GUAT)
    Vasquez Prera – Comunicaciones(GUAT)
    Cabrera – Municipal(GUAT)
    Gallardo – USAC(GUAT)
    Noreiga – Municipal(GUAT)
    90% of the team plays in Guatemala AND ONLY 2 PLAYERS FROM MLS!!!!!…..and they still brought the fight to Mexico. Imagine if this coach had players from Villareal, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Rangers, Orebro sk, Anderlecht, Leeds united, Hannover 96, Everton…….

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  • Al

    guatemala parked the bus after threre first goal. They played a 6-3-1 which made it impossible for mexico to score. if Guatemala wouldnt have parked the bus they would have received 5 goals.

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  • Rob

    Agreed. It saddens me that all teams from this point forward will play that way (except Mexico). Makes for ugly soccer when one team or both teams is playing not to lose. Then the non-Mexican side makes it out to be a “win” that they held out for so long against Mexico. Yep, they are proud that they lost but that it took Mexico so long to do it…..

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  • Rob

    I don’t understand why the article says Mexico “squeaks” by. What game were they watching? It’s not like Mexico had a horrible game where the game winner was made at the 89th minute.

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  • Alejandro

    Here we go with the against whom nonsense … A goal is a goal and a win is a win. At the end of the day, you have to stand and play against whoever your competition is that day.

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  • Alejandro

    Agreed. I’m of Mexican descent but I started liking the heart shown by the Chapines.

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  • Alejandro

    Remember, this is Soccer by Ives, very Anglo-friendly and resentful toward Mexico. I come here because I like the US team, but I’m saddened by the lack of Latino representation. On the other hand, how about that U-17 team?

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