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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Gold Cup: Honduras Humbles El Tri 2 x 1

In an excellent performance by Honduras, they defeated their historic rivals, Mexico, 2 x 1 at Giants Stadium. They took the game to the more vaunted and experienced Mexicans. In the first half, Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored a penalty kick in the 29th minute. But the latest high-profile signing by the MLS (Chicago Fire) would later show the volatile nature of his personality.

In the 49th minute, in the Honduran penalty box, Blanco elbowed a defender, Caballeros, in the stomach. He was immediately red carded, which prompted a surge in confidence by the Hondurans. Up until that time, they had more ball possesion and were dictating the game. Blanco's abrupt departure provided them with an opportunity to go for the kill. In the 60th and 90th minutes, Carlos Costly scored two clinically taken goals. One with his foot, and the winner with his head. Costly plays his club side football in Poland.

Despite a first-half penalty kick miss by Amado Guevara (the ball struck the lower left post), this was a well-deserved victory for Honduras. They were not in awe of "El Tri," and took advantage of the situation for the remaining 30 minutes when their opponents were reduced to ten men. Blanco, for all of his immense talent, may be causing some second guessing among the MLS marketers keen for his signature on a contract to lure the millions of Mexican fans who follow his every move. Today he showed his yin and yang. And also reminded us that the game is won or lost with eleven men. Hugh Sanchez, head coach of Mexico, said that Blanco was spat upon and intimidated before the expulsion. Actually, when you see the video, the Honduran player appears to blow a kiss in his ear. Despite provocation, you can not respond as Blanco did without severe consequences.

For a look at the video highlights, please click here.

Muy buen trabajo, Honduras.

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