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Gold Cup

  • June 18, 2011
  • • 5:00 PM
  • • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Referee: R. Moreno
  • • Attendance: 78807

Honduras won 4 - 2 on penalties

Live Commentary

  • Cheers. That's all from me, Zac Lee Rigg. Stay tuned to for match reports and reactions, plus live commentary of the Mexico - Guatemala quarterfinal.
  • That's game. Jerry Bengtson, my pick for man of the match, slots home his penalty to seal the semifinal berth for Honduras.
  • Campbell continues his lively sub appearance by curling his PK in. 3-2 Honduras.
  • Wilson Palacios with the composure of someone who has played at the highest level. Simple misdirection and it's 3-1 Honduras.
  • Oh my. Saborio manages to fluff his SECOND penalty of the game. This one comes back off the crossbeam after he sent Valladares the wrong way. The commentator points out that La Volpe looks as if "he swallowed a scorpion." Still 2-1 Honduras.
  • Bernardez absolutely slams his into the roof of the netting. That was nearly unstoppable from the defender. 2-1.
  • Ruiz calmly slots his into the bottom corner. No qualms there. 1-1.
  • Carlo Costly hits side netting and pumps his fist in the air. 1-0 Honduras.
  • Borges takes the first penalty and clanks it off the post.
  • Borges takes the first penalty and clanks it off the post.
  • 120' + 9'
    Pen SO Goal J. Bengtson
  • 120' + 7'
    Pen SO Goal J. Campbell
  • 120' + 6'
    Pen SO Goal Wilson Palacios
  • 120' + 5'
    Pen SO Miss A. Saborío
  • 120' + 4'
    Pen SO Goal V. Bernárdez
  • 120' + 3'
    Pen SO Goal Bryan Ruiz
  • 120' + 2'
    Pen SO Goal Carlo Costly
  • 120' + 1'
    Pen SO Miss Celso Borges
  • 120'
    That's the whistle to end extra time. Neither team could do quite enough, so penalties will decide who advances to the semifinal round. Though the match had its spark, neither of these side showed that it will give Mexico much of a challenge in the semis.
  • 119'
    Bryan Ruiz blasts one from distance. That was a low-percentage shot, but at least Costa Rica is trying something. Honduras was unplayable in the first half, but is paying for the expended effort now. It's all Los Ticos heading into penalties.
  • 115'
    Navas pulls off a stunning one-handed save. A deflected shot from distance looked like it might loop in the top corner, but Navas at full stretch kept it out.
  • 111'
    Campbell has impressed since coming on. He turned Bernardez to earn a free kick after tripping over the trailing studs, then he pulled down a Ruiz feed deftly in the penalty box. His energy only further helps Costa Rica, which has been on the ascendency throughout extra time.
  • 109'
    There's the last substitute of the match: Campbell coming on for Urena. Urena's been influential, winning the penalty and creating Costa Rica's best chances. He leaves on a stretcher, but didn't appear injured, just exhausted.
  • 108'
    SubstitutionM. Ureña J. Campbell
  • 105'
    Back again. These players have to somehow coax another 15 minutes out of their weary legs. Focus and stamina will play a huge role here.
  • 105'
    That's it for the first half of extra time. Honduras desperately needs the break. In a minute the teams will be back.
  • 104'
    That was the best chance of extra time thus far. Marshall had an open shot in the box, but couldn't get a clean strike. Eventually the ball was bundled away.
  • 99'
    Now Sabillon is down, just a minute after Portillo made it back on the pitch. The stretcher is taking him off too. There's absolutely no momentum left in this match.
  • 96'
    Portillo is down on the pitch and has two trainers helping him stretch. If he's faking an injury, I'm not sure how that helps Honduras. They still need to score one to go through. More likely he's cramping up after putting in an earnest 90 minutes of work. He's been rather incisive from the left flank. Honduras has no more substitutions left, by the way.
  • 93'
    The first good chance of extra time goes to Costa Rica. The ball trickled through to Mora in the box, but his shot was deflected before it could get to the goal.
  • 90'
    Alright, and we're off yet again. The teams now have 30 minutes to wrap up a semifinal berth.
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionH. Thomas Wilson Palacios
  • 90' + 3'
    Honduras throws Wilson Palacios on for Hendry Thomas, who was on a yellow. That could prove influential in extra time.
  • 90' + 2'
    I spoke too soon. That was a chance. Ramon Nunez (how did he ever earn a move to Leeds United?) starts a move that leads to three shots for Honduras. Costly crossed to the far post, where the goalie blocked a shot which fell to Nunez. Marshall slid in at the last minute to keep his blast out. Appeals for a handball came to nothing on the third shot in a scramble in front of goal. Still tied, somehow, heading into extra time.
  • 89'
    Fitness issues and the hectic schedule are taking their toll. There's been a considerable drop off in energy and pace since that missed penalty chance for Saborio. The teams seem to have begrudgingly accepted extra time, which will suit Mexico just fine.
  • 86'
    Just a few minutes left in regular time. If no one finds a dramatic winner soon, we're going to extra time.
  • 83'
    Portillo floats a ball into the box from deep on the left flank and shows why Costly is such a feared striker in CONCACAF. The Atlas forward nearly powered his way onto the ball from a very acute angle, though it was flagged offside. Only one more goal and Costly will equal Carlos Pavon's Gold Cup record of nine.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionR. Espinoza Carlo Costly
  • 81'
    Here we go. Honduras throws the big man, Carlos Costly, on for Sporting KC's Espinoza. This sees the squad return to a two-man strike force, as Los Catrachos go for it in regular time.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card J. Portillo
  • 78'
    All hell is breaking loose. Mora was pushing away Portillo's offer of a handshake, and appeared to touch Portillo's face. The Honduran of course collapsed clutching his face as if someone snuck a sniper into New Meadowlands Stadium.
  • 76'
    Penalty save N. Valladares
  • 76'
    Missed Penalty A. Saborío
  • 76'
    SAVE! Saborio hits a tepid kick toward the bottom left corner, and Valladares palms it away before tracking it down and clearing the danger.
  • 75'
    Yellow Card N. Valladares
  • 75'
    Now captain Valladares picks up a yellow for arguing over the ball placement. It's probably fair to say Honduras isn't overly pleased about the referee decisions in the last two minutes.
  • 73'
    Yellow Card V. Bernárdez
  • 73'
    Well things just got interesting. A silly shirt tug on Urena and the Costa Rican flopped without hesitation. In the ensuing melee, Bernardez picked up a yellow for arguing the penalty decision.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card H. Thomas
  • 70'
    Didn't take Madrigal long to have an influence. Hendry Thomas collects a yellow bringing down the substitute.
  • 69'
    SubstitutionChristian Bolaños D. Madrigal
  • 69'
    The game has dropped off in tempo just a tad lately. In an effort to spark his team again, La Volpe has thrown on Madrigal for Bolanos.
  • 65'
    Saborio is down off the ball. Looks like his leg buckled a bit when he attempted to make a challenge on Valladares. Real Salt Lake fans may way to cross their fingers or appeal to a deity here.
  • 62'
    That was the chance. That was the opportunity to change Ruiz's fate. A ball through to Saborio looked easy enough to snuff out, but Valladares fluffed it and could only push the ball away when he should have collected. The ball fell to Ruiz with the goalmouth gaping, but he somehow stroked the ball wide.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card J. Salvatierra
  • 60'
    Salvatierra collects a booking for an egregiously late tackle on Garcia. Garcia had stepped in smartly to quash potential counterattack and powered forward. Salvatierra caught him after Garcia had laid the ball off to Nunez.
  • 56'
    Assist Christian Bolaños
  • 56'
    Goal Dennis Amos Marshall Maxwell
  • 56'
    Equalizer! A lofted corner drops nicely for Marshall, who bounces a header into the turf and then the back of the net. He makes a heart with his hands and we've got a game on our hands, folks.
  • 51'
    Honduras isn't resting there. Espinoza hits a violent left footed shot which looked in from some angles but actually landed in the side netting.
  • 49'
    Assist J. Portillo
  • 49'
    Goal J. Bengtson
  • 49'
    And now we do have the opener. Bengtson of course is the guy who finishes. He's been the most influential player on the pitch today. Portillo takes a shot, which Navas can only palm to the front of goal, where and unmarked Bengtson tapped into the back of the net. Dramatic opening minutes here.
  • 47'
    For a split second there it appeared as if that wouldn't matter. Urena put the ball in the back of the net after some great quick passes, but one of them involved an offside player. More of that incision, though, please,
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJunior Díaz H. Mora
  • 45'
    Here we go for the second half. Remember, a draw means extra time and possibly penalties. Someone has to win today.
  • Thus far, it's probably fair to say that Honduras has created by far the better chances and looks nearly twice as sharp. However, Costa Rica certainly has the quality in its lineup to make a chance or two count in the second half. Only one of these teams can progress, of course. This one's getting decided tonight.
  • 45'
    The referee whistles for halftime. No goals yet in this one, but we should see some good action in the second stanza.
  • 44'
    Bengtson comes inches away from connecting with a low cross in front of goal. Any touch and that was the game's opening goal. The cameras caught a great shot of La Volpe trying to gesture to his defense before giving up on them and waving in disappointment.
  • 42'
    Bryan Ruiz wears the armband for Costa Rica but has been largely anonymous this tournament. He perhaps isn't fully fit, but still has that technique. On a counterattack, he played a leading ball to the corner, but Chavez bustled over to quell the danger before a cross could come. Seconds later Ruiz was on the ball again, but unless he starts making telling moves which lead to goals, he'll be remembered as a flop in this tournament.
  • 38'
    A corner which Saborio had done well to win turns into a chance for Honduras. After a line of Costa Rican players whiffed on the shot at the edge of the box, Honduras took off sprinting. Bengtson found Nunez, but instead of passing off to the open Portillo, Nunez shot straight into his marker.
  • 34'
    Costa Rica finally finds a foothold in the match, which is a relief as this was threatening to turn into a one-team affair. No huge chances to show for it, but Los Ticos are finally holding on to the ball in the opposition third and work the ball to the forwards occasionally.
  • 29'
    There's the first Ticos chance in a long while. Bolanos cut inside on his right foot and curled a shot toward the near post. Valladares had it covered, but made it look dramatic with an acrobatic save to be sure.
  • 26'
    Los Ticos are just trying to claim a fingernail of possession in this one. Saborio has to drop back into his own half to get the ball and win a free kick. A minute later, Bryan Ruiz does the same thing. Costa Rica's midfield is nonexistent here.
  • 23'
    SubstitutionW. Martínez Ramón Fernando Núñez Reyes
  • 23'
    Martinez, who has been lively, has to withdraw from the match midway through the first half. Former MLSer Nunez comes on in his place as Honduras reshuffle.
  • 20'
    This Honduran high pressure continues to create chances. This time Bengtson feeds Garcia in the box with the goalkeeper stranded. Only the last second touch by a defender kept that one out of the net.
  • 15'
    Costa Rica has, by and large, dominated possession and chances. However, Honduras wing play is threatening to matter where it counts: the scoreline. Yet more good movement on the flanks creates a chance - this time Navas tips it over his crossbeam at full stretch.
  • 14'
    And that was the best chance yet. Martinez made a clever, unmarked run to the middle of the box and connected with a flat cross from the right. With only the goal before him, Martinez got his timing off, sending his header disappointingly wide. That was a legitimate chance.
  • 9'
    Honduras has finally showed some life in the past two minutes. First Bengtson drifted slightly offside before a good chance came to him. Just seconds latter, an early long shot caught nearly caught Navas sleeping at the near post.
  • 7'
    Of course, the only prize for winning is a semifinal date with Mexico. Given how badly El Tri whipped Costa Rica in the group stages, that might not be any prize at all.
  • 6'
    Hey there. Zac Lee Rigg here to chat with you through this Gold Cup quarterfinal tie. For the past half decade these two teams have duked it out for third place in the region. This head to head meeting will provide an interesting retrospective on these last few years, coloring history a tad.
  • 4'
    Yellow Card B. García
  • 4'
    Garcia gets a yellow for a horrible tackle. Another Costa Rica free kick. Bolanos sends it into orbit.
  • 1'
    And we're off. Costa Rica try to attack immediately, and win a free kick deep in Honduras territory.
  • Honduras are really clicking well now - Costa Rica are just chasing shadows.
  • Last time around, these two sides were the beaten semi-finalists. Only one of these sides can go that far this time. Honduras were runners up in 1991, the first Gold Cup, while in 2002, Costa Rica lost 2-0 to the USA in the final.