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Late Drama in Copa América Qualifier: Mexico Defeats Honduras in Penalties

Published on November 22, 2023
Written by Enrique

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Late Drama in Copa América Qualifier: Mexico Defeats Honduras in Penalties
  • A decisive goal by Mexico in the 111th minute sends the game to penalties.
  • Standout performances by Luis Ángel Malagón and César Huerta in the penalty shootout.
  • Mexico secures its spot in the upcoming Copa América in the United States.

The night was not spectacular, but Mexico managed to overcome Honduras in a series that ended tied at two goals each in the aggregate score. A goal in the 111th minute of added time, confirmed by VAR, sealed the return of the Tricolor to the Copa América.

Decisive moments of the match

The game was decided in the details. Edson Álvarez’s goal that took the game to extra time came in the 111th minute, despite only nine minutes being added. In the penalty shootout, César Huerta needed three attempts to beat the Honduran goalkeeper, who advanced on the first shots.

The duel was crucial not only for the pass to the Copa América, to be held in the United States next year, but also for the continuity of coach Jaime Lozano, who experienced the match intensely from the sidelines.

Despite the victory, Mexico’s performance was not convincing. The team shot at goal 11 times, only scoring twice, against an opponent who focused more on defending than attacking. Luis Chávez stood out, with a clear dominance in midfield and author of the first goal, as well as Luis Ángel Malagón, the goalkeeper who demonstrated his worth for a generational change in the Mexican goal.

The highlights came in the penalty shootout. Malagón showed his quality by stopping the first Honduran shot. Huerta, for his part, had a performance full of ups and downs, failing in his first attempts but finally scoring on the third shot, after VAR indicated that the Honduran goalkeeper had advanced. The last shot from Honduras, taken by Najar, went wide, securing Mexico’s qualification despite the multiple errors made during the match.

Betting implications

From a betting perspective, the match between Mexico and Honduras was a roller coaster of emotions and surprises. The unexpected extension of the game until the 111th minute and the repeated penalties significantly altered the anticipated probabilities. Those who bet on a simple outcome were affected by the late turn of the match, while those who opted for more specific bets, such as the number of goals or the outcome in penalties, may have experienced unexpected results. This match demonstrated how unforeseen events in soccer can dramatically impact the world of sports betting.

Mexico is not one of the favorites to win the Copa América, so they will have to work hard to make a good showing.

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Enrique is very passionate about sports and soccer, dedicating himself professionally to it and analyzing every match he has in front of him. With betting and sports sites he is looking to every detail that can make him see any benefit or disadvantage for users. He has years of experience in the industry and has worked extensively in various fields of sport itself, which gives him different perspectives when it comes to his analysis. Editorial Promise