Honduras Book Tokyo Olympics Berth, Deny United States
Muhammad Rameez 25 days ago Mon 29th March 2021 | 10:20 AM
Guadalajara, Mexico, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Mar, 2021 ) :Honduras reached the Tokyo Olympics football tournament on Sunday, denying the United States a place with a 2-1 semi-final victory in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
Honduras and Mexico will contest the tournament final on Tuesday, but the real business was concluded when each advanced to the Olympics, due to begin in July after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, via semi-final victories.
Honduras's Juan Carlos Obregon scored in first-half injury time and a second came in the 47th minute when US goalkeeper David Ochoa's attempt to clear the ball rebounded off Luis Palma and into the goal.
The US men's team's last major international tournament appearance was at the 2014 World Cup.
"I think it just comes down to general sharpness of players," said Kreis, whose players didn't have a shot on goal until Yueill's goal.
"I don't know that I've ever seen a game where we had players mis-control the ball so much -- balls rolling under people's feet, passing out of bounds. These are things you kind of scratch your head.
"At the end of the day it just wasn't quite there from a confidence point of view." Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists, booked their 12th trip to the Olympic Games with two second-half goals against Canada.
Mexico dominated possession in the first half but were frustrated by Canada's determined defense.