Mexico lost their unbeaten status in World Cup qualifying as they fell 3-2 to Honduras – a result that had little effect on El Tri, who were already guaranteed first place in the Hex going into tonight, but which granted Los Catrachos fourth place, and with it, a playoff against Australia.
The result also helped keep the United States from qualifying, as the U.S. failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago combined with Panama’s victory over Costa Rica and Honduras’s win against Mexico.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying wraps up this Tuesday with the final round of Hexagonal games. Mexico and Costa Rica have their spots locked up, but there is one automatic berth as well as the playoff berth still up for grabs, with the United States, Panama, and Honduras all in the running.
Honduras, currently 5th in the standings, will need a positive result when they host Mexico – as well as needing Panama or the U.S. to drop points – to move into either the automatic or the playoff berth.
The roster is almost identical to the one that faced Panama and Costa Rica in September. Carlos Salcedo and Oribe Peralta are back after missing out last month due to injury, while Oswaldo Alanís and Miguel Layún also join the roster.
Mexico advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Honduras in Thursday’s quarterfinal game. El Tri once again looked less than convincing, but they did enough to get past a Honduras side that needed a forfeit win to even make it out of the group stage.
Mexico made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Curaçao in their last game, and the game started brightly for El Tri as they took the lead in just the fourth minute. Jesús Dueñas sent a low ball towards the back post, where Rodolfo Pizarro was waiting unmarked to send the ball home.
The 2017 Gold Cup knockout rounds begin this week with the quarterfinals. On Thursday, Mexico will take on Honduras in Glendale, Arizona.
Mexico won Group C with victories over El Salvador and Curaçao and a draw against Jamaica, while Honduras finished third in Group A with a forfeit win against French Guiana, a draw against Canada, and a loss to Costa Rica.
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.
Mexico will host Honduras this Thursday in the first of two home World Cup qualifiers as the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF qualifying continues.
El Tri is currently sitting top of the table with 10 points from their previous four matches – three wins and a draw keeping Mexico unbeaten to date – while Honduras is penultimate with four points after a win, a draw, and two losses.
Mexico has the best defensive record in the Hex, with just one goal allowed, while Honduras has allowed nine – with six of those coming in the Catrachos’ lone road game.
In the final match of the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, Mexico and Honduras played out a goalless draw. El Tri was already assured of a spot in the Hex, while the draw guaranteed Honduras’s own ticket to the next round.
Mexico came into this game with five wins out of five in qualifying and first place in the group long since locked up. Nevertheless, after poor performances in international competitions this summer as well as an unconvincing showing against El Salvador in qualifying last Friday, discontent was building among the fans in the Azteca.
Mexico will look to remain perfect in the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying while Honduras aims to lock up their own spot in the Hex.
Juan Carlos Osorio has made four changes from the starting XI that beat El Salvador 1-3 on Friday.
One of those was due to injury, as Raúl Jiménez had to withdraw from the roster with a knee injury. His spot up top was taken by Ángel Zaldívar; the other changes include the insertions of Alfredo Talavera, Jesús Dueñas, and Diego Reyes.
Mexico will look to remain perfect as the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying wraps up this Tuesday, while Honduras is on the verge of clinching their own spot in the upcoming Hex.
Both these teams picked up come-from-behind wins on Friday, with Mexico beating El Salvador 1-3 away and Honduras defeating Canada 2-1 at home. When these two sides faced off in San Pedro Sula last November, El Tri earned a 0-2 win.