GolD Cup: Honduras advances with late goal

2013-07-13T00:00:00Z GolD Cup: Honduras advances with late goalThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - Jorge Claros scored in second-half stoppage time to give Honduras a 1-0 win Friday night over El Salvador and a spot in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Edder Delgado's pass found an open Claros, who took a couple of steps inside the area and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo. El Salvador players immediately disputed the goal with referee Jair Marrufo, insisting Claros was offside.

Minutes earlier, Kevin Santamaria nearly gave El Salvador a late goal when he dribbled into the area and his left-footed shot bounced off the right post in the 87th minute.

Honduras leads Group B with six points. El Salvador is third with one point.

• Haiti 2, Trinidad and Tobago 0: Jean Maurice scored twice to lead Haiti to over Trinidad and Tobago.

The win put Haiti in second place in Group B. Trinidad has just one point. The top two teams from each group and the two best third-placed teams qualify for the quarterfinals.

"Although the country has suffered, Haiti plays football with joy," Haiti coach Israel Blake Cantero said.

Haiti's speed on both wings resulted in repeated runs on goal. Maurice's goal 16 minutes into the match gave Haiti a 1-0 lead as his shot near the 6-yard box beat goalkeeper Jan Williams.

"That first goal gave us a tremendous lift," Maurice said through a translator. "In the previous (Gold Cup) game, I didn't play as well because of an injury. Thankfully, I was able to score early and we were able to play with more confidence afterwards."

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