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World Cup 2014 Qualifier: Honduras ties Mexico 2-2

Mexico blows a 2-0 lead
Mexico blows a 2-0 lead

With under 15 minutes left to play and ahead 2-0, Mexico gave up two goals within a five minute stretch, to give up the lead, settling for a 2-2 draw with Honduras at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in a final round World Cup qualifier in the CONCACAF region.

With the draw, Honduras remains in first place with 4 points, while Mexico keeps second place with 2 points (from two draws).

Mexico started off well, with Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez giving his squad a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute; heading a lob from Andres Guardado past Honduran goalie Noel Vallardes.

Honduras for their part, tried to answer back, but failed to get close enough to take any meaningful shots. After the half, 'Chicharito' would strike again in the 54th minute, this time, a nice touch from a free kick by Carlos Salcido, putting the visiting Mexico up 2-0.

Hernandez however was replace shortly after apparently injuring himself in the 64th minute, by Omar Bravo.

Taking advantage of an opponent without their top player, Honduras kept chugging forward, finally hitting the back of the net by a header from Carlo Costly in the 77th minute.

With the crowd finally back in it, Honduras quickly pressured again and in the 80th minute, Jerry Bengtson hit a deflected ball past Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, after failing his first attempt for the 2-2 tie.

Next up for Mexico is a clash against their bitter rivals, the U.S., while Honduras faces Panama.


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