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Mexico: Victory In Phoenix Clinches Ticket To Semi-final

GLENDALE, AZ - JULY 20: Rodolfo Pizarro #15 of Mexico and teammates Orbelin Pineda #7 and Jesus Gallardo #18 celebrate a first half goal against Honduras in a quarterfinal match during the CONCACAF Gold Cup at University of Phoenix Stadium on July 20, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Mexico‘s relatively inexperienced side took on Honduras in Phoenix, Arizona, and took care of business. It was not the most flashy of matches, but Mexico is now headed to the semifinal of the Gold Cup.

It took only three minutes for Rodolfo Pizarro to score a close range tap for El Tri, sending the crowd crazy. The team with only 215 caps entering the tournament looked the better side early. Yet, the game would soon slow down for the Mexicans. Despite several good looks, Mexico could not add another goal, while Honduras picked up the physicality through the first half.

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The second half lacked the excitement of the first, as Mexico tried nursing its lead, while Honduras failed to break down the backline of Mexico. It wasn’t until late in the match when Honduras had its opportunity to score. A 90th minute shot in the box went wide, and that was the end of Honduras’ time at the Gold Cup in 2017.

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Although Mexico was unable to find that second goal, they will be happy with a victory to send them to the semi-final of this Gold Cup. They will next face Jamaica, a side they faced in the group in a 0-0 draw, on Sunday in Pasadena, California.

On the other side of the bracket, Costa Rica and the USA will battle to see who will clash in the final come Wednesday night.

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