Sebastián Córdova scored early, whereas Rogelio Funes Mori and “Chucky” Lozano added second-half objectives after Honduras had been decreased to 10 males.
Paired with different outcomes, the 3-0 victory moved Mexico again atop the Concacaf desk after 5 rounds of video games and despatched Honduras into the cellar.
All eight groups are again in motion on Wednesday for Matchday 6 within the 14-game qualifying marathon that may award three World Cup berths for Qatar 2022.
El Tri now has 11 factors, adopted by Workforce USA and Panama (8), then Canada (7), Costa Rica (6) and El Salvador (5). Honduras and Jamaica carry up the rear with 3 factors.
Mexico regular, not spectacular
Below strain to provide for the house crowd after dropping factors at Fortress Azteca to Canada, Mexico was meticulous on offense, maybe too deliberate. “Tecatito” Corona was out of kinds and Raúl Jiménez struggled to seek out room to function.
In minute 18, “Chucky” mishandled the ball within the Honduras half, however snatched it again and fed Héctor Herrera who discovered “Tecatito” slicing to the again submit. The ball popped free, however “Chucky” hustled in for a steal, shortly firing a shot from 15 meters. The shot was blocked by a back-side defender, the ball spun out towards Jiménez however Maynor Figueroa poked it out of Raúl’s attain, whereupon Córdova pounced on the free ball and popped it dwelling.
Mexico created a number of extra possibilities earlier than halftime (Raúl hit the short-side submit with a header, “Tecatito” scuffed a shot to waste a pleasant feed from “Chucky,” Raúl misplayed a wall go that may have sprung “Chucky” free, and Honduras goalie Luis López denied “Chucky” on a breakaway).
4 minutes after the restart, Figueroa was despatched to the showers after chopping down Jiménez as Raúl spun previous him. It was solely a matter of time earlier than Mexico discovered the online once more, though López made three splendid saves (denying “Chucky” for a second time in minute 71), making six saves in all.
Funes Mori transformed one other rebound objective for Mexico in minute 76, accumulating a free ball after an Edson Álvarez shot clanged off the submit earlier than pin-balling throughout the crease. “Chucky” lastly received his objective in minute 86, working a nifty give-and-go with sub Orbelín Pineda.
Elsewhere throughout Concacaf
The large shock was in Panama the place the hosts surprised Workforce USA 1-0, knocking the People out of first place. The win boosted “Los Canaleros” right into a second-place tie with the U.S.
Costa Rica earned its first victory of the qualifying marketing campaign, beating visiting El Salvador 1-1. In the meantime, enjoying Jamaica, Canada appeared to endure a letdown after its good displaying in opposition to Mexico on Thursday. The Canucks settled for a scoreless draw in opposition to the “Reggae Boyz.”
Spherical 6 of the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers is ready for Wednesday, Oct. 13. Mexico visits El Salvador, Workforce USA hosts Costa Rica, Honduras is at dwelling in opposition to Jamaica and Panama travels to Canada.