Honduras did what many thought was impossible, defeated Mexico 2-1 at the mythical Azteca stadium during game 7 action of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualification. Jerry Bengston and Carlos Costly put two goals in the Mexican net to put El Tri’s hopes of reaching Brazil 2014 up against the wall.
The Mexican squad began the game with full control of a Honduran team that was buried in the back showing no football what so ever. Within minutes the Mexicans were on the board with action from superstar Giovani dos Santos, who is playing brilliant football in Spain.
Gio took the ball on a counterstrike down the wing. With his speed he beat all players to the penalty area. But Gio is not a glory seeker and crossed to Oribe Peralta who changed the direction of the ball into the net beating goalkeeper Noel Valladares. Mexico took the 1-0 lead in the first six minutes of play.
Mexico kept control of the ball not allowing the Hondurans to play with it. The visiting team was buried in the back waiting for a counterstrike opportunity. In the 30th minute the Hondurans crossed the midfield in their first run, but the Mexican defense was on mark to clear the ball.
The game started getting heated as the visitors began bringing a rough game with the referee allowing some hard plays without booking any players. Honduras applied pressure but could not get into the area to cause problems. Mexico easily recovered the ball and pushed the Catrachos back onto their side of the pitch.
The heat peaked in the final minute of the first half with a foul at midfield committed by Victor Bernardez who jumped and with a clear elbow swung to the back of Peralta’s head. The referee pulled the first yellow card of the game.
The second half began with Mexico controlling the ball. However, Carlos Costly of Honduras had the first run on the Mexican net with a very wide shot that Jose de Jesus Corona let go out of bounds.
Honduras applied more pressure in the second half and moved their lines up. The Mexicans could not really recover the ball and gave up ground. In the 64th minute the pressure paid off for the Hondurans as Bengston caught a rebound from Corona and buried the ball in the back of the net for the 1-1.
The goal hit the Mexicans like a bucket of cold water and in less than two minutes Costly did it again beating out the defense for the 2-1. The Honduran team that appeared to be slowing down came to life. The fans did not leave El Tri and they began to chant the “si se puede!” or the “yes we can!”
Coach Jose Manuel de la Torre made his final substitution adding Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to the attack. The Hondurans did not ease off taking advantage of the Mexican nerves controlling the ball.
With five minutes to play the Mexican fans began to chant “ole!” at the plays made by the Honduran players. Bengston received the ball in the area and with no keeper covering the net he sent the ball wide.
After controlling the game for most of the first half and part of the beginning of the second half, the Mexican squad began to fall apart on their pitch. Time hit the 90 minute mark and the chants changed from the fans. This time they began their already common “fuera Chepo!” The referee blew the final whistle and Honduras won their first ever game at the Azteca. Mexico’s qualification to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup is in serious danger.