Gold Cup 2021: Mexico beat Honduras 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals

by AFP

Mexico national football team qualified for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals by defeating Honduras 3-0 on Saturday, in the quarter-final match that was held at the State Farm Stadium (University of Phoenix).

Rogelio Funes Mori, in the 26th minute, Jonathan dos Santos, in the 31st minute, and Urbelín Pineda, in the 38th minute, scored the goals to determine the Aztec victory.

In the semi-finals, Mexico will face the winner of the tie between Costa Rica and Canada, who will meet on Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Earlier, the Qatari national football team, host of the 2022 World Cup, defeated El Salvador 3-2 and qualified for the semi-finals, in the quarter-final match that was held in the American city of Glendale.

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Qatar won with two goals from Al-Moez Ali (2 and 55 Brinal) and Abdelaziz Hatem (8), while El Salvador was defeated by Joaquin Rivas (63 and 66).

Next Thursday, Qatar will face, in the semi-finals, the winner of the match between the United States and Jamaica on Sunday.

At the beginning of the events, the Asian team took advantage of La Celica’s mistakes in the midfield and encouraged himself with his first goal to continue the continuous incursions, which allowed him to reach the second goal through which he rested.

In the second half of the match, El Salvadorans, led by Hugo Perez, responded with a turf-level play against a fierce Qatari defense that neutralized plays coordinated by Amadou Moreno and Jairo Henriquez.

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Qatar has been subjected to sporadic attacks that put the Salvadoran defense in trouble.

Qatar’s third goal came in the 55th minute when Salvadoran midfielder Darwin Sirin refused a left-arm shot in the area. Mexican referee Fernando Hernandez caused a penalty kick by Al-Moez Ali.

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