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29 July 2012
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: J. Soto
• Attendance: 26523
J. Bengtson 7'
La Roja were unlucky not to have taken anything the game and hit the woodwork three times and had two close penalty appeals turned down. As for Honduras, they have taken four points from their two matches so far.
It’s all over and Spain’s hopes Olympic medal are over. They were expected to compete for the title but back-to-back 1-0 losses have ended their hopes.
90' + 5'
Tello hit’s the ball in which is met by a Spanish header but the ball goes well wide of the goal.
90' + 4'
De Gea waves his team-mates forward and launches a long ball deep into Honduras’ half which is cleared away. Spain get a free-kick which De Gea is going up for. Can he grab a dramatic last-minute equaliser?
90' + 3'
De Gea gives away a corner after palming an effort behind. There’s just a minute left to be played now.
90' + 1'
Crisanto goes down under a challenge deep in Spain’s half and the referee awards a free-kick. The resulting set-piece is cleared out for a throw-in to Honduras.
Yellow Card Botía
We’re into stoppage time and there’s four minutes of it. Spain need to score otherwise they’re hopes of an Olympic medal are over.
Yellow Card Juan Mata
Yellow Card A. Mejía
Spain’s appeals for a penalty again go unanswered by the referee. Rodrigo goes down in the box under a tired tackle and it looks like that should have been a spot-kick.
Botia fouls Anthony Lozano to give Honduras an opportunity to catch their breath. This has been a fantastic second-half of football. All that’s missing is a goal.
Mata is orchestrating the play at the minute for Spain as they push for an equaliser. This time his cross is headed well clear.
Christian Tello unleashes a curling effort from just outside the box which has Mendoza scrambling across his goal but the ball flies just wide of the target.
Former Real Madrid youngster Rodrigo has looked really lively since coming on and has got himself into some excellent positions. Can he grab his country a vital goal in the remaining minutes?
So close yet again from Spain! Rodrigo should have scored. Mata picks out the forward with a cross which he can only head straight against the crossbar. That’s the third time La Roja have hit the woodwork in the second half. They really should be level now!
Adrian is again in the action as he goes down inside the penalty box. Spain appeal for a penalty but the referee is unmoved and the play carries on. There looked like there was contact there.
Yellow Card J. Leverón
Yellow Card Muniain
What a chance. Rodrigo bursts forward to latch onto a through ball and tries to beat Mendoza with an effort which the keeper does well to save, the loose bal breaks to Adrian but a heavy touch finds Mendoza who gathers the ball.
Bengston tries to take some of the pressure of his team by holding onto the ball upfront. However the Spanish backline regain the ball and set-up another attack.
Alba flies forward from his left-back berth but fails to control a long-range pass and Medoza gathers the loose ball. 15 minutes left now.
What a stunning save from Mendoza! Herrera’s cross is met by a thumping header from second-half substitute Rodrigo but a superb full-length stop gets the score at 1-0.
Honduras are really struggling to get out of their own half at the minute. Spain are beginning to unleash shots from everywhere at the minute. Martinez’s effort is well blocked.
Desperately close to an equaliser. It’s Muniain with the effort again. A superb turn and run at goal provides him with the space to get an attempt in on goal. His thunderous shot smacks against the post and bounces to safety. That would have been some goal if it had gone it!
Excellent close control by Muniain results in him running away from a couple of desperate tackles. The Athletic Bilbao forward hit’s a strike which goes well wide of Mendoza’s goal.
Less than a third of the game left and Spain are still looking for their first goal of the tournament. Can they create something in the final stages of the game?
Slight delay in play as Mendoza receives some treatment after picking up a knock gathering the ball. He’s back on his feet and we’re ready to continue.
Yet another cross from Montoya which Mendoza again does well to gather with Adrian waiting to head the ball into the back of the net.
Honduras are trying to take the sting out of their opponents attacks by getting their own passing game going. If they can hold onto the result they will have taken four points from their opening two games.
Yellow Card Luis Garrido
Spain are sensing an equaliser here with players flooding forward from all areas of the pitch. A slick passing move breaks down on the edge of the box.
Two inside a minute for Spain. First up, Adrian’s header is close to finding the back of the net with only the woodwork preventing him and Muniain is close to getting onto the rebound. Adrian is again in the action almost ending up clean through on goal.
Botia tries to force the play but his long-range pass fails to get close to a team-mate. Some of their passing has been off-key.
The woodwork denies Honduras a second. Roger Espinoza sees his header bounce against the post from five yards out. What a chance that was, not the best defending their from Spain!
The surprisingly quiet Muniain runs at the Honduras backline before failing to pick out a team-mate with a close range pass.
A long expansive picks out Ander Herrera but the Athletic Bilbao midfielder is out muscled on the ball close to the corner flag.
Thumping long-range effort by Figueroa from close to the half way line which flies high of De Gea’s goal.
And we’re back off underway. Spain know they need to score in the second-half otherwise they won’t be making it out of the group stages. They were starting to create chances as the first-half progressed and Luis Milla will be hoping his players can turn it around.
Half-time. The referee blows an end to an entertaining and open half of football. Spain will probably think they should be level but as Bengston’s seventh minute strike sees them go in behind.
The players are making their way back out onto the pitch. Not long before we get going again.
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Tello
45' + 1'
Yellow Card Diego Mariño
45' + 1'
Yellow Card J. Mendoza
45' + 1'
Agonisingly close yet again from Mata. His bending effort from just outside the box goes just wide of the same post as earlier.
Spain are forced to go back with the ball as Honduras continue to pressure the ball well.
Mata again has a chance to create something but this time his attempted free-kick fails make it as far as the six yard box.
The former Valencia playmaker's set-piece is well cleared by a thumping Mendoza punch. That’s a few times now the keepers done well to clear the ball.
Just five minutes left in the half and Spain could really do with getting level before the interval. Corner to be taken by Mata.
Yellow Card Montoya
Barcelona man Montoya is getting forward well now and starting to provide his country with a real attacking option.
Almost a fantastic equaliser. Montoya plays in a cross from the right which Mata does well to get on the end of. His volleyed effort looks like it’s heading in but goes agonisingly wide of the post. So close.
Koke dinks in a cross from the right which Mendoza does well to punch clear. Spain are pushing for an equaliser before half-time.
De Gea is again forced into action. This time the which the Manchester United stopper does well to keep out an effort from distance. Honduras are looking lively on the break.
Yellow Card Javi Martínez
Mario Martinez whips in a dipping free-kick which De Gea does excellently to get down sharply and stop from going in.
La Roja are starting to press their opponents back more now. Chelsea man Mata has a chance to lay the ball off to an unmarked Munian but instead decides to have a shot which he can only manage to drag wide of the target.
Almost a chance for Spain. Isco passes the ball to Montoya who lays it off to Iker Munian. His pass to Adrian forces the Atletico Madrid man wide of the box and his cross sails harmlessly into Jose Mendoza’s gloves.
Yellow Card A. Peralta
Mata and Isco link up on the edge of the box but a sloppy pass sees the move break down just as it was starting to look threatening.
Bengston almost gets on the end of another cross forces Alvaro Dominguez into a stretching clearance which goes behind for a corner. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing as the referee blows up for a foul on De Gea.
Honduras are looking dangerous on the break. This time Wilmer Crisanto breaks forward and unleashes an effort which sails high and wide of De Gea’s goal.
Javi Martinez releases Isco to run at the Honduras midfielder but the move breaks down with a poor pass.
Isco plays a delightful chipped pass to Martin Montoya but his volleyed cross sails out harmlessly for a goal kick.
One of Spain’s Euro 2012 stars Jordi Alba tries to build up another attack from the back but his attempted pass gets cut out in his own half.
Adrian Lopez tries to nod down a long ball to Juan Mata but the attack breaks down.
La Roja have tried to get going by trying to get their passing game going. However the Honduras players pressure on the ball is preventing them from doing so.
Assist R. Espinoza
Goal J. Bengtson
That really was a superb finish by the 25-year-old. Spain need to get back into the game to keep their hopes of an Olympic medal alive!
Goal!!! And it’s to Honduras. Jerry Bengston heads home a fantastic header past to give David de Gea no chance in Spain’s goal. The striker got ahead of Jordi Alba to get his third goal of the tournament. What a start to the match.
Yellow Card R. Espinoza
Juan Mata plays in a free-kick from out wide which Javi Martinez does well to flick on. He picks out Alberto Botia who puts his attempt over. He was in an offside position so the attempt wouldn’t have stood had it gone in.
A steady passing move by Spain breaks down when Malaga’s talented playmaker Isco loses the ball cheaply.
Its been an even opening to the match with Honduras looking comfortable on the ball.
We’re off underway at St James’ Park with Spain getting us going.
Honduras: Mendoza; Leveron, Velasquez, Crisanto, Figueroa; Peralta, Martinez; Garrido, Espinoza, Najar; Bengston.
The starting line-ups are in. Spain: De Gea; Montoya, Botia, Dominguez, Alba; Koke, Martinez; Muniain, Isco, Mata; Adrian Lopez.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Olympic 2012 Group D match between Spain and Honduras. Spain currently sit bottom of the group after their shock 1-0 defeat to Japan, while Honduras drew their opening game against Morocco 2-2.
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