In an electrifying upset, the Honduran selection defeated heavyweight Mexico on Sunday, reviving Honduras’ hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.
Mexico’s veteran forward Cuauhutemoc Blanco scored the first goal off of a penalty kick in the 29th minute, but was sent off at 49 for elbowing defender Samuel Caballero. This proved to be the turning point of the game, as Honduras scored both of their goals in the second half. Carlos Costly leveled the scoreboard at the one-hour mark and then proceeded to drive home the winning shot off of an Emilio Izaguirre cross a few seconds into injury time.
Despite his stellar performance, however, the Honduran striker remained realistic. “Honduras can’t dream yet about winning the Gold Cup,” Costly told the AP in a post-match interview. “I’m elated about the victory, but we have to keep our feet on the ground.”