Asian Champions Qatar, Mexico Reach Gold Cup Semi-finals
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Sun 25th July 2021 | 12:00 PM
Phoenix, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jul, 2021 ) :Mexico took another step towards defending their CONCACAF Gold Cup title Saturday, scoring three first-half goals en route to a 3-0 rout of short-handed Honduras in a quarter-final match.
The holders cruised past a depleted Honduras squad that had lost several players to injury and Covid-19 safety protocols.
Jonathan Dos Santos and Orbelin Pineda then scored seven minutes apart to break the game open at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. Dos Santos took advantage of a Honduras defensive mistake to volley a shot from the semi-circle into the back of the net in the 31st minute.
Abdelaziz Hatim also scored for the reigning Asian champions in the quarter-final clash in Arizona.
Ali opened the scoring in the second minute by capitalizing on an El Salvador giveaway. Just six minutes later, Hatim hammered a right-footed shot into the goal to make it 2-0.
El Salvador pressed for the equalizer in the final minutes but that was as close as they would get.