Honduras stuns Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying
Posted: Friday August 20, 2004 5:27AM; Updated: Friday August 20, 2004 5:27AM
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -- Brian Ching scored a last-gasp equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw for the United States in Jamaica on Wednesday while Honduras stunned Costa Rica 5-2 as the second stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers began.
Guatemala extended their unbeaten run to eight games as they won 2-0 away to Canada while El Salvador were the only team to win at home, beating Panama 2-1 despite playing the entire second half with ten men.
Jamaica were one minute away from their first-ever win over the U.S. when Hawaiian-born Ching netted an 89th minute equaliser with his first international goal.
Defender Ian Goodsion, who plays for English third division club Tranmere, had headed the Reggae Boyz in front three minutes into the second half of the Group A game at Kingston's national stadium, known locally as the "Office."
Jamaica are attempting to emulate the 1998 side, who qualified for their first World Cup, and have brought in another Brazilian coach, Sebastian Lazaroni. He is attempting to follow in the footsteps of Rene Simoes.
Jorge Rodriguez won and converted a penalty on the stroke of halftime as El Salvador overcame a floodlight failure and a 42nd minute red card for Jose Martinez against Panama in San Salvador.
El Salvador, attempting to reach their first World Cup since 1982, went ahead through Victor Velasquez in the sixth minute before veteran striker Julio Dely Valdes equalised in the 35th.
Costa Rica and Honduras had both suffered coaching walkouts in the last two months, U.S. coach Steve Sampson walking out on the Ticos and Serb Bora Milutinovic resigning from his job with Honduras.
But it was Honduras, now under local coach Raul Martinez, who fared better as they romped home with second half goals from Amado Guevara, Ivan Guerro and Saul Martinez.
The teams had shared four goals in a pulsating first half in Alajuela, Andy Herron netting both for Costa Rica with Italian-based David Suazo and Julio de Leon replying in the Group B match.
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Carlos Ruiz scored in each half as Guatemala, who have never qualified for a World Cup, sank Canada in Vancouver.
The Canadians sorely missed injured captain and defender Jason deVos and striker Tomasz Radzinski in what could prove a costly defeat.
Two late goals from striker Errol McFarlane gave Trinidad & Tobago a 2-0 win away to St Vincent & Grenadines in Group C.
Mexico's trip to tiny St Kitts & Nevis in the same group was put off because it clashed with the Olympic games, where several members of the Mexico team plus coach Ricardo Lavolpe were taking part.
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