Mexico remained in first place in the Hexagonal standings with a 3-0 victory against Honduras. The win also keeps El Tri unbeaten in qualifying, while the Catrachos now have just one victory in five games.
Honduras came to the Estadio Azteca looking to sit back, defend, and escape with a goalless draw, but Mexico’s quality made that an unlikely proposition. It did take El Tri a while to open the scoring, but they looked dangerous from the beginning as they created a number of early chances.
When the opening goal came, in the 34th minute, it had an air of inevitability about it. Oswaldo Alanís met a corner kick and sent the ball past Donis Escober to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
In the second half, Mexico scored twice in quick succession to put the game far out of reach for Honduras.
In the 63rd minute, Héctor Herrera played in Hirving Lozano with a long pass behind the defense, which sent “Chucky” one-on-one with the keeper before he found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Then, before Honduras even had time to react to the second goal, Raúl Jiménez made it 3-0 in the 66th minute with an assist from Carlos Vela.
With the 3-0 win, Mexico reaches 13 points while Honduras still has four.
Next up for Mexico is a visit from the U.S. on Sunday, while Honduras will travel to Panama on Tuesday.
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Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Carlos Salcedo (Jesús Dueñas 54′), Oswaldo Alanís, Luis Reyes, Diego Reyes, Héctor Herrera, Carlos Vela, Jesús Manuel Corona (Oribe Peralta 69′), Giovani dos Santos (Hirving Lozano 57′), Jonathan dos Santos, Raúl Jiménez.
Honduras: Donis Escober, Maynor Figueroa, Félix Crisanto, Johnny Palacios, Emilio Izaguirre, Henry Figueroa, Erick Andino (Romell Quioto 60′), Oliver Morazán, Jorge Claros (Carlos Discua 71′), Mario Martínez (Oscar Boniek García 53′), Alberth Elis.