Honduras and Canada win the pre-Olympic CONCACAF Championships

Players from Canada celebrate after winning their pre-Olympic CONCACAF tournament against El Salvador. Jalisco Stadium, Guadalajara, Mexico. March 19, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (March 18) (Reuters) – Honduras and Canada soccer teams won their matches on Friday at the start of Group B activity in the pre-Olympic CONCACAF championship that awards two places for the Olympics.

Honduras beat Haiti 3-0, while Canada beat El Salvador 2-0.

In the Honduran victory, Darrison Volta emerged with a double, and Edwin Rodriguez scored the other.

Volta scored his first goal in the 14th minute with a penalty kick and scored two goals in the 38th minute when he fired into the small area after goalkeeper Alan Jerome hit a shot from Jonathan Nunez.

Rodriguez scored the other goal in the 18th minute when he set the goal before Jerome’s departure.

Meanwhile, the United States defeated the Salvadorans twice as much as Tajon Buchanan.

Buchanan put Canada ahead in the 17th minute with a cross shot inside the area.

The Canadian striker scored his second goal in the 21st minute, with a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area that hit the left post.

Canada came close to scoring the third goal in the 33rd minute, but Aidan Daniels fired his shot off the left post.

Thus, Honduras led Group Two with three points, similar to Canada, but more goals were scored.

On the second day of the sector, which will take place on Monday, Canada will play Haiti and Honduras will face El Salvador.

At the start of the tournament, which will be held in Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco, in western Mexico, the local team defeated the Dominican Republic 4-1, and the United States defeated Costa Rica 1-0.

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Mexico ranked first in Group A with three points, similar to the United States, but had more goals in its favor.

On the second day of the sector, which will take place on Sunday, Mexico will face Costa Rica and the United States against the Dominican Republic.

The first two places in each group will advance to the semi-finals, and the semi-final winners will be at the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo between July 23 and August 8.

(Reporting from Carlos Calvo Pacheco)

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