Posted on July 3, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY — Humberto Escobar struck for four goals — two in each half — to help host Guatemala to a 7-3 win over Canada in the 2012 CONCACAF Championships on Monday night.
The Guatemalans overcame a 2-0 deficit as Canada grabbed the lead on an own goal by Estuardo De Leon and a penalty kick Matthew Rios.
But the hosts showed a lot of grit as they tallied twice within 28 seconds behind a penalty kick by Alan Aguilar and Escobar’s first goal in the 12th minute.
Alvaro Yaques Green restored Canada’s lead at 3-2 with just over four minutes remaining in the opening half, but Escobar connected only seven seconds before the break and again 2:12 into the second half to give the Guatemalans the lead they would not relinquish.
William Ramirez and Pablo Estrada added goals in the 24th minute for Guatemala, which avenged its only other result against Canada, a 5-3 friendly defeat in 2003.
Canada lost Yaques Green to a red in the 24th minute for a deliberate handball. He will not be available for its Tuesday encounter against the United States.
Categories: Canada, Central America, CONCACAF, Guatemala, North America