Concacaf Gold Cup
June 23, 2011 by staff
Concacaf Gold Cup, The United States and Mexico meet in third straight final CONCACAF Gold Cup after both won through their semi-finals on Wednesday. The defending champions of Mexico were forced into overtime before beating Honduras 2-0 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Mexico missed several opportunities during the first 90 minutes, but two defensive errors saw them twice hit points in overtime.
Aldo de Nigris striker, a substitute in the second half, he rose unmarked to head in a corner of Celtic wheel Efrain Juarez in 93 minutes. Manchester United striker, Javier Hernandez, who finished six minutes later as more poor defending allowed him in his seventh goal of the tournament.
De Nigris was again the target from the corner, the game before Hernandez, left unmarked at the far post, deflected the thigh at close range.
Any chance of a remarkable comeback Honduras vanished in the second half of extra time when Roger Espinoza picked up his second yellow card five minutes from time for a crude challenge.
Earlier, U.S. struggled to a 1-0 win over Panama 76 minutes thanks to Clint Dempsey strike.
It was an uninspiring performance in the U.S., but enough to beat a team that bothers them 2-1 in the group stage.
Two substitutes coach Bob Bradley, Landon Donovan and Freddy Adu, appears largely to create Dempsey.
Adu, who arrived after 66 minutes, half-time substitute Donovan played on the right and squared for Dempsey to slide home his third goal of the tournament.
Will be to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Mexico in the final of 2009 when the two meet again in Pasadena on Saturday.
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