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April 2, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
That's it! Mexico wins 2-1 and is the CONCACAF U23 champion!!
Crisanto is sent off now for his second yellow. Honduras down to nine
GOAAAALLLLLL Mexico!!!!! Ponce sneaks in with the sidefoot volley at the back post and Mexico looks like it's won this one!!
Fuentes gets a deserved yellow for time wasting. Was on the ground for about five minutes, was stretchered off, then popped straight up and ran back on the field
Torres wins a header in the box, but it bounces easily in to the arms of Mendoza
Mexico with wave after wave of pressure but it somehow can't get that second goal. Can 10-man Honduras hold out for another 15 minutes and get it to penalties?
Torres with a header but Najar clears it off the line! Desperate defending from Honduras now
So close Mexico! Ponce's cross is deflected and Mendoza has to steal the ball away from Torres at the back post
Honduras with a chance off a corner, but Crisanto's header is right to Rodriguez
Aquino with a good cross to Torres, whose header is right into the grateful arms of Mendoza
Underway in extra time!
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We're headed to extra time!
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Garrido gets his second yellow. Poor challenge on Fabian, as he raised his studs and caught him. Honduras will play with 10 from now on
Quioto has a chance for Honduras, but his shot goes well over from the top of the box
Torres off the post! His header eludes the outstretched arms of Mendoza, but pings off the crossbar. So unlucky!
Fabian should have scored!! Pulido found him at the top of the box, but his first-time shot was dragged wide of the far post
Jimenez has a blast now off the lay-off from Torres, but it flies just over the crossbar
Mexico piling on the pressure now. Can Honduras hold out for extra time?
Ponce comes right back and fires a shot just wide! almost Mexico's second there
GOAL MEXICO! It's Marco Fabian with an absolute blast from distance and we're tied 1-1!
Penalty shout for Mexico as Chavez goes down in the box, but the referee is going to caution him for simulation. Upon replay, it looks like the right call. Chaves jumped into his defender in an attempt to draw the contact, then went down
Rodas wins a header off the corner kick, but it sails well high and wide. That was a decent chance for Honduras' second
Great run by D.C. United's Andy Najar, beating his man with ease before Rodriguez comes sliding out to deny his shot
Garrido with a late challenge on Aquino which rightly earns a yellow, the fourth for Honduras on the night
Mexico starting to pile on the pressure, as Pulido is called for a questionable foul in the box before firing a shot from close range
Pulido lets a shot fly from distance but Mendoza dives to his left to stop the shot
GOAL HONDURAS!! Quioto leaps the highest for a header off a free kick and finds the corner! 1-0
The second half is underway
Halftime and it's scoreless. Mexico got closer towards the end of the half, but the Hondurans were able to hold out for the first 45.
Mexico getting closer. Ponce with a great cross and Pulido can't get a good touch on the ball, and ends up kneeing over the bar from close range
That's a very poor challenge by Velasquez, coming in very late on Ponce, who was down for a while and is just now getting up. Another yellow card.
Pulido is too quick for Leveron, whose rough foul earns him the game's second yellow card
Great chance Mexico! Pulido chests down in the box for Herrera, who makes space with his first touch, but then blasts a shot well over the goal
Crisanto whistled for a foul and goes berserk after the call, earning the game's first yellow
Free kick for El Tri from about 40 yards out, and it's poorly executed. Rodas leads the counterattack, but Chavez tackles well to break up the danger
Honduras on the front foot the last 5 minutes, playing like a team with no pressure....which makes sense, as both teams are already in the Olympics
Nearly an own goal! Honduras with a free kick that glances off the head of a Mexico defender and just wide of the far post
Good defensive play by Mier, cutting out a Honduras attack. Back the other way we go with Mexico in possession .
Enriquez's service is whipped in and is safely in Mendoza's hands
Tough foul by Peralta on Jimenez. Nobody told him this was a meaningless final. Free kick Mexico
Both team battling it out in the midfield so far, no real chances to speak of
This game is underway!
The teams are out on the field and we'll be underway shortly!
And for Honduras: Mendoza; Crisanto, Velásquez, Fuentes, López, Rojas, Rodas, Peralta, Leveron, Quioto, Garrido
Here's Mexico's lineup tonight: Rodríguez; Jiménez, Mier, Chávez, Herrera, Cortés, Fabián, Reyes, Enríquez, Ponce, Pulido.
Hello all, Seth Vertelney with you here to take you through tonight's CONCACAF U23 championship game between Mexico and Honduras
Semi Finals
Times In EDT
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
4 0
J. Corona J. Corona
Club Tijuana
4 0
M. Fabián M. Fabián
Cruz Azul
3 0
A. Flores A. Flores
A.D. Isidro Metapán
3 0
M. Blanco M. Blanco
2 0