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Honduras and Costa Rica They tied this Thursday without goals on the fourth date of the Concacaf qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, in which the hosts deserved something more for the good game in the second half, but they could not overcome a magnificent Keylor Navas.
More than a point, for Honduras has represented losing two in local condition, while his next game arrives, as a visitor, before Mexico, on the 10th. The Hondurans, like the Costa Ricans, add up three points, balance of three draws and one defeat and are in sixth and fifth place, respectively.
Honduras tried to do damage with Rigoberto Rivas on the left and Alberth Elis in the center, but without disturbing the Costa Rican goal defended by Keylor Navas.
Costa Rica, with five men behind, sought to surprise the counterattack and crosses to the area, taking advantage of the stature of Joel Campbell, who at minute 9, with a strong header, put the reflexes of the Honduran goalkeeper, Luis López, to the test.
The initial dedication of the Hondurans was diluted with the imprecision in many of their passes, of which the Ticos took advantage to approach the rival area from the ends, but without being effective. Although slightly off target, Honduras’s first shot on goal came until the 29th minute with a left-footed shot from Kervin Arriaga.
The catrachos regained control in the midfield and approached the Ticos’ area, but with unproductive football, without precision in the final pass, while Navas seemed like one more spectator of the game.
Costa Rica fell back on defense to prevent Honduras from opening the scoring in the first half, in which there was only one direct shot on goal from each team.
In the second half, which began with rain, Honduras came out again focused on the attack but with greater depth, with Elis overcoming defenses, but was again imprecise in the final shot. In the 52nd minute, Navas sent a shot from the edge of the box from Bryan Moya to the corner.
The intensity of the game put Honduras against a rival who, with everything in their field, also needed to win. At minute 80, Navas again avoided the fall of his goal by saving a header from Eddie Hernández.
And at 88, another great stretch by Navas prevented Honduras from scoring the goal that, at least for his best game, he deserved.
- Honduras: Luis López; Diego Rodríguez, Denil Maldonado, Maynor Figueroa, Andy Najar; Kervin Arriaga, Alexander López (Ángel Tejeda, m.81), Deiby Flores (Bonieck García, m.67), Rigoberto Rivas (Luis Palma, m.55); Bryan Moya (Edwin Rodríguez, m.67) and Alberth Elis (Eddie Hernández, m.67).
Coach: Fabián Coito.
- Costa Rica: Keylor Navas; Oscar Duarte, Kendall Waston, Ricardo Blanco, Ronald Matarrita (Bryan Oviedo, m.81); Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges (Orlando Galo, m.81), Jonathan Moya, Jimmy Marín (Jonathan Moya, m.46); Joel Campbell and Johan Venegas (Luis Díaz, m.46).
Coach: Luis Fernando Suárez.
Referee: Mario Escobar (Guatemalan). He admonished Blanco and Oviedo.
Incidents: Match of the fourth day of the Concacaf qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, played at the Metropolitan Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.