Posted on September 11, 2012
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Jerry Bengtson scored for Honduras on Tuesday night.
And the sun also rises.
Bengtson, who has been a scoring machine for his country, was at it again for Los Catrachos as he tallied the lone goal of the match to lift the Central Americans to a 1-0 triumph over Cuba in a CONCACAF Group C World Cup qualifying semifinal match at Estadio Olimpico.
The New England Revolution striker scored in the 33rd minute. Roger Espinoza, the Sporting Kansas City midfielder, created the goal, chipping the ball to Bengtson, who headed it into the net.
It was Bengtson’s second goal in as many games against the Cubans.
Team captain and goalkeeper Noel Valladares recorded the shutout, Honduras’ third consecutive clean sheet.
The Hondurans (seven points) improved to 2-1-1 while Cuba (0-4-0, none) was eliminated from the competition without scoring a goal. They are tied with Canada (2-1-1, seven) for second place in the group after the North American side dropped a 2-0 decision at Panama on Tuesday night.
Honduras travels to Panama in a vital group on Oct. 12 before hosting Canada on Oct. 16.
The Cubans will finish up with an Oct. 12 encounter with Canada in Toronto and an Oct. 16 home game in Havana vs. Panama.
Photo: Roger Espinoza created Honduras’ lone goal. Photo by Michael Lewis
Categories: Caribbean, Central America, Cuba, Honduras, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Jerry Bengtson, Los Catrachos, Roger Espinoza, World Cup qualifying