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1 vs 2
Played
September 6, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
Estadio Azteca — Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee:‬ R. Moreno‎
Attendance:‬ 73981‎
 
5′ O. Peralta
J. Bengtson 63′
 
C. Costly 66′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Mexico 1-2 Honduras

El Tri is in serious danger of missing the World Cup after a shock upset at home to Los Catrachos.

By Keith Hickey

  • J. Corona
    7
    18
    2.50

    J. Corona

    Had a good first half when called upon, but spilled Costly's shot into Bengtson's path for the equalizer.

  • D. Reyes
    6
    19
    2.00

    D. Reyes

    Was absolutely burned by Costly on the second Honduras goal. Looked like a thoroughly beaten man as he slumped on the ground.

  • Héctor Moreno
    9
    6
    3.00

    Héctor Moreno

    Despite the scoreline, impressed at the back, showing the most composure of any of the Mexican defenders.

  • S. Meza
    3
    15
    2.50

    S. Meza

    The Mexican defense was rarely tested in the first, and found to be lacking under minimal pressure in the second.

  • Á. Reyna
    7
    9
    2.50

    Á. Reyna

    Was a big part of Mexico's first-half fluency, combining well with Gimenez and dos Santos.

  • Christian Giménez
    8
    10
    3.00

    Christian Giménez

    Played the easy passes so that dos Santos could take the risks in the first half, a system that worked well. Was less successful in the more open second half and was withdrawn.

  • C. Salcido
    4
    15
    2.00

    C. Salcido

    It was his poor defensive header which allowed Costly to recover the ball ahead of Honduras' first goal.

  • Fernando Arce
    3
    18
    2.50

    Fernando Arce

    Brought in for his veteran head, but wasn't able to do much even when Mexico had the better play in the first half.

  • Gerardo Torrado
    3
    19
    2.50

    Gerardo Torrado

    The veteran found himself overmatched in the second half as Honduras found its feet, and picked up a yellow that will keep him out of the vital clash against the USA.

  • Giovani dos Santos
    23
    4
    3.50

    Giovani dos Santos

    It was his bursting run downfield that opened up the Honduras defense and set up Peralta's goal.

  • O. Peralta
    16
    9
    3.50

    O. Peralta

    Played the pass that led to dos Santos' run before racing down to get in position and finish the move.

Substitutions

  • Jose Andrés Guardado
    4
    19
    2.50

    Jose Andrés Guardado

    Replaced Gimenez in the second half, but wasn't able to recreate his fluent tandem with dos Santos.

  • J. Aquino
    11
    10

    J. Aquino

    Replaced Reyna after Honduras leveled the scores, but the only goal in his time on the field went to the visitors.

  • Javier Hernández
    16
    6

    Javier Hernández

    Brought on late as Mexico went for a desperate equalizer, but wasn't able to help.

  • N. Valladares
    4
    8
    3.00

    N. Valladares

    Was hung out to dry on Mexico's goal, and kept busy enough to do his part in the result.

  • E. Izaguirre
    5
    8
    2.00

    E. Izaguirre

    A near-disaster in defense. Was unable to keep up with Peralta as the striker moved into the box to finish the ball off, and was guilty of giving away possession in dangerous areas.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    4
    7
    2.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    The Honduras defense was exposed and in disarray at times throughout the game, but it held Mexico to one.

  • V. Bernárdez
    3
    5
    2.00

    V. Bernárdez

    Tried to slide in on dos Santos in midfield as the attacker took off downfield to create the first goal. Missed his challenge and left the Mexican all alone.

  • Brayan Antonio Beckeles
    4
    5
    3.00

    Brayan Antonio Beckeles

    Had a difficult night as Mexico and dos Santos pushed down his side, but generally did well in the face of such opposition.

  • W. Palacios
    4
    5
    3.00

    W. Palacios

    The whole midfield improved in the second half after a disappointing opener, and by the time the Hondurans took the lead, they were regularly over-running El Tri through the midfield.

  • B. García
    3
    6
    2.50

    B. García

    Was the main passing outlet in Honduras' dire first half, not that he could do much with it.

  • Luis Garrido
    4
    5
    3.00

    Luis Garrido

    Stopped an almost certain goal with a last-man tackle to dispossess dos Santos. Improved in the second half.

  • R. Espinoza
    6
    5
    3.00

    R. Espinoza

    Was, as always, the engine in the Honduran midfield. Combative and dynamic, even if pressured into a few sloppy turnovers.

  • A. Najar
    4
    4
    2.50

    A. Najar

    Had few sniffs of possession in the first half and was replaced by Jerry Bengtson at the interval.

  • C. Costly
    7
    4
    4.50

    C. Costly

    Did good work winning the second ball off the free kick and getting the shot off, and then scored a fantastic effort to take the lead.

Substitutions

  • E. Álvarez
    3
    5
    2.50

    E. Álvarez

    Replaced the ineffective Boniek Garcia early in the second half.

  • Marvin Chávez
    3
    5
    2.50

    Marvin Chávez

    Came on as a second-half sub for Costly with Honduras defending its lead.

  • J. Bengtson
    5
    5
    3.50

    J. Bengtson

    Was in good position to finish the equalizer for Honduras, exactly what you want from an impact sub. A terrible finish when he was unmarked cost Honduras a third goal.

Results
Matchday 7
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1