Mexico closed in on a spot in the 2015 U-20 World Cup when they beat Honduras 3-0 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Mexico top Group B with nine points in three games, and they are assured a World Cup berth with a win against El Salvador on Monday.
The young El Tri side nearly raced into the lead when Kevin Alvarez hit the woodwork and almost converted an own-goal from a free kick. Guzman grabbed the rebound but his shot went well wide with just the goalkeeper to beat as Mexico looked dangerous early.
In the 14th minute, Ramirez weaved into to the box from the left-hand side before being tripped inside the box. The referee pointed for a penalty, and Alejandro Diaz was there to slot it in calmly for Mexico’s opening goal of the match.
Pachuca player, Hirving Lozano, has been in sensational form all tournament. In the 31st minute, Lozano caught Honduras’s defense cold on a breakaway and then drove the ball past the opposing goalkeeper with a long distance left-footed shot. It was Lozano’s fourth goal of the tournament to give Mexico the two-goal advantage.
Just when Mexico looked headed for a comfortable second half, Honduras pressed forward. In the 58th minute, an Honduras player sent a low shot-cross from the left-hand side that floated dangerous in front of Mexico’s goal.
It was always a chippy game, and Mexico’s frustrations peaked when, in the 70th minute, Oscar Bernal picked up a red card for a stomp on an opponent’s leg.
Junior Lacayo brought extra pace off the bench for Honduras and in the 83rd minute, the Santos Laguna player almost surprised Mexico with a long distance shot that went just wide.
In the closing minutes, Honduras went straight on the offensive. Mexico was lucky not to receive a goal when, three minutes from time, Rochez had a goal wrongly disallowed for an offside.
Moments later, Guzman made up for his first-minute miss by scoring Mexico’s 3-0 on a breakaway and handing Mexico all three points.