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Canada needed only a draw to advance to the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and keep the dreams of reaching Brazil 2014 alive.
What transpired for the Canucks was nothing short of a nightmare.
Canada suffered a humiliating 8-1 loss to Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday afternoon, a shocking result that eliminated the visitors from World Cup qualifying and pushed Los Catrachos through to the Hexagonal. Tosaint Ricketts came close to giving Canada a dream start, but he missed a sitter in the opening minutes and that was as close as the Canucks ever got to pulling out a result.
Honduras scored shortly thereafter thanks to a strike from Jerry Bengston and they piled it on against a Canucks side that simply unraveled. Los Catrachos scored three more times before halftime to effectively end Canada’s hopes of advancing to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for the first time since 1997.
Honduras added four more in the second half to further Canada’s embarrassment. Bengston and Carlo Costly each finished the match with hat-tricks while Mario Martinez scored two goals of his own.
The lone goal for the ashamed Canadians came off a well-taken free kick from Iain Hume, but that was little consolation in what was a brutal loss that few could have seen coming and that many will want to forget.
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