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Mexico, Honduras Seal Olympic Berths

Kansas City, Kansas , Apr 1 : Mexico and Honduras qualified for the men's football competition at this year's Olympic Games by winning their semifinals in the CONCACAF regional qualifying tournament on Saturday.Mexico was a
mexico honduras seal olympic berths - India TV
India TV News Desk April 01, 2012 9:52 IST
Kansas City, Kansas , Apr 1 : Mexico and Honduras qualified for the men's football competition at this year's Olympic Games by winning their semifinals in the CONCACAF regional qualifying tournament on Saturday.

Mexico was a 3-1 winner over Candada while Honduras was forced to extra time to beat neighbor El Salvador 3-2.

Mexico secured its 10th Olympic berth and will meet Honduras in the championship game on Monday. Mexico did not make it into the 2008 Games.

Marco Fabian opened the scoring for Mexico in the 19th minute.

Marcus Haber equalized with a header in the 32nd minute, but just a minute later Alan Pulido restored Mexico's advantage, scoring after a one-two with Fabian.

Miguel Angel Ponce made it 3-1 in the 59th minute, and Canada's hopes of getting back into the contest were all but ended when defender Doneil Henry received his second yellow card with 13 minutes left.

Honduras got off to the perfect start when Antony Lozano scored in the first minute, but El Salvador hung in the game and were rewarded when Milton Molina equalized in the 77th.

Second-half substitute Gerson Rodas looked to have put Honduras through to the final when he scored in the first half of extra time, only for El Salvador to equalize again as Edwin Sanchez headed home five minutes later.

The winner came with six minutes to play when Rodas got on the end of a cross from the right and headed in a goal that sent Honduras through to London.
 

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