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  • 23 June 2011
  • • 03:00
  • • Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas
  • Referee: W. Lopez
  • • Attendance: 70627

Honduras 0-2 Mexico: Hernandez on target again as El Tri reach Gold Cup final thanks to two extra-time goals

Honduras 0-2 Mexico: Hernandez on target again as El Tri reach Gold Cup final thanks to two extra-time goals

Bob Levey

After being held scoreless for 92 minutes, Aldo De Nigris and Chicharito scored in extra time to lift their side into a third straight Gold Cup final

Mexico may have had a tough time getting past their two knockout-round opponents, but in the end Javier Hernandez and Co. are right where everyone expected them to be when the Gold Cup began.

El Tri will face the United States in the much-anticipated final.

After dominating the Gold Cup competition in the group stage, outscoring the opposition by 13 goals through its first three games, Mexico snuck past Guatemala and needed two extra-time goals to defeat Honduras 2-0 in the semi-finals on Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Reliant Stadium.

Aldo De Nigris and Chicharito scored off corner kicks for El Tri, who will now meet the U.S. on Saturday at the Rose Bowl.

The two nations have won nine of the 10 Gold Cup titles since the tournament began back in 1991.

Aldo De Nigris struck first with a header off a corner kick in the 93rd minute for his second goal in as many games.

The 27-year-old, who has come off the bench in four of the last five games, previously scored the equalising goal in a 2-1 come-from-behind win against Guatemala in the semis.

The Monterrey striker then added an assist six minutes later, again winning a header from a corner, with Hernandez providing an easy tap-in at the far post.

It was the 23-year-old Chicharito's tournament-leading seventh goal, the second-most ever in a single Gold Cup. Mexico's Luis Roberto Alves scored 11 - including a seven-goal outing against Martinique - in 1993.

Honduras proved to be Mexico’s toughest task throughout the tournament, frustrating the competition favourites throughout the night with solid defensive work.

Both teams had their scoring chances, especially as they approached the 90-minute mark.

In the 88th minute, Giovani dos Santos had a clear path to goal, but watched his shot sail past the far post. Moments later, Honduras' Roger Espinoza hit a long-range shot on target that was knocked away nicely by Mexico goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

It was a rough game throughout, but frustration eventually caught up to Honduras after watching Mexico put two in during extra time.

Espinoza was sent off after picking up his second yellow card at the 115th minute for a late challenge on Efraín Juárez. 

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