[MEXICO-HONDURAS] For the third straight time, Mexico will meet the USA in the final of the Gold Cup, advancing to Saturday's championship game at the Rose Bowl
with a 2-0 win over Honduras in overtime on goals by Aldo de Nigris and Javier Hernandez.
After breezing through the group stage, Mexico has been now stretched by its next two opponents, first Guatemala in the quarterfinals and now Honduras in the semifinals.
The Catrachos held their ground until Mexico scored off a pair of corner kicks -- first de Nigris met Pablo Barrera's ball in the 93rd minute and then he nodded Barrera's ball on to Hernandez for the second goal six minutes later.
Paul Aguilar -- one of three players brought in as replacement players for those banned for doping violations -- then had a chance to put the game away but hit the crossbar.
The game produced nine yellow cards and one red to Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza in the 115th minute.
June 22 in Houston
Mexico 2 Honduras 0. Goals: de Nigris 93, J.Hernandez 99.
Mexico -- Talavera, Salcido (Nilo, 56), Moreno, Marquez, Juarez, Guardado (de Nigris, 53), Torrado, Castro, Barrera, dos Santos, J.Hernandez.
Honduras -- Valladares, J.C. Garcia, Bernardez (Leveron, 46), Chavez, Sabillon, Portillo (Nunez, 61), Espinoza, Thomas, Mejia, O.Garcia, Bengtson (Costly, 71).
Red Card: Honduras -- Espinoza 115.
Referee: Walter Lopez (Guatemala).