Incredibly, the shorthanded Cubans held off Honduras for 68 minutes before goals from Marvin Sanchez and Hendry Thomas gave the Catrachos a 2-0 win.
Almost immediately after Cuba's 1-1 tie with the USA on Tuesday night, five players -- Jose Manuel Miranda, Yenier Bermudez, Erlys Garcia Baro, Yordany Alvarez and Loanni Prieto -- disappeared in a plan hatched while back in Cuba. Two more players -- Yendry Diaz and Eder Roldan -- defected Wednesday night.
To make matters worse, Roberto Linares, the goalscorer against the USA, was automatically suspended a game for receiving a red card. That left Cuba coach Raul Gonzalez with only 10 of his 18 players available for the Honduras game.
"It was a difficult result," Gonzalez said. "It was hard to play with 10 players. That's asking a lot. But I think we played well."