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Latin American friendlies

Brazil-Mexico, Colombia-Honduras both end 0-0

Posted: Thursday May 01, 2003 12:04 AM
Updated: Thursday May 01, 2003 7:46 PM

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- Mexico dominated play with its speed and aggressiveness, but could not score in a 0-0 tie with World Cup champion Brazil on Wednesday night.

Mexico was faster and more aggressive, yet its shots repeatedly went wide or high, not threatening goalkeeper Dida.

Brazilian star Ronaldo was outplayed by Mexican defender Rafael Marquez. Meanwhile, Mexican attackers Jesus Arellano and Omar Bravo beat Ze Roberto and Junior with sweeps down the right side.

Mexico came close when Salvador Carmona passed to Jared Borgetti, who fired from the right side, only to see the ball bounce off the crossbar in the 41st minute.

Borgetti came close twice more on headers in the first half and three more times in the second period, but the shots wound up high, wide or in the hands of Dida.

Israel Lopez and Luis Perez also misfired in the second half for Mexico.

Ronaldo was unable to break through the Mexican defense in the second half, even as teammates consistently tried to feed the ball to the Real Madrid star. Two of his shots went high and Salvador Carmona stripped him of the ball on another threat in front of the goal.

Colombia, Honduras play to scoreless draw

MIAMI (AP) -- Colombia and Honduras played to a 0-0 tie in an exhibition match at the Orange Bowl on Wednesday night.

Colombia controlled play most of the match and had late attacks on goal, but Honduras withstood all the scoring threats -- despite being down a player. Referee Michael Kennedy ejected defender Sergio Mendoza for a hard tackle on Johnnier Montano in the 76th minute.

With four minutes remaining, Elson Becerra's header outside the 6-yard box was deflected by Honduran defender Milton Palacio.

Colombia came close to scoring earlier in the match, too.

Becerra hit the crossbar from 22 yards out in the 73rd minute. Midfielder Giovanni Hernandez single-handedly created his own shot in the 59th minute with his ball-handling deep in the right wing, but his shot from a difficult angle was deflected by goalkeeper Hector Medina.

The scoreless draw was the third straight for Colombia, which also tied Mexico and South Korea earlier this year.

Colombia played without national team regulars Harold Lozano and Jorge Bolano, who were unable to leave their European teams. Still, Colombia dominated play for most of the first half, and Honduras rarely got runs into the goal area.

Honduras also was without key players. The Honduran Soccer Federation removed goalkeeper Noel Valladares, defender Ivan Guerrero and midfielder Amado Guevara because of a salary dispute.

Chile ends Costa Rica's unbeaten streak

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) -- Chile beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a friendly on Wednesday to hand the Central Americans their first defeat under coach Steve Sampson.

Defender Pablo Contreras scored a spectacular winner with an acrobatic volley in the 61st minute after the visitors had dominated the first half.

Costa Rica, unbeaten in six games under Sampson and two matches before that, created three clear-cut chances before halftime.

The first hit the crossbar, the second was cleared off the line by Cristian Alvarez and the third was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Alex Varas.

Chile, without injured Italian-based midfielder David Pizarro and striker Marcelo Salas, were jeered off by an unhappy crowd at halftime but came to life after the break as coach Juvenal Olmos brought on Rodrigo Melendez and Rodrigo Perez in midfield.

Melendez replaced Clarence Acuna, who showed the effects of his lack of first-team football at English premier league Newcastle, while Perez provided the cross for Contreras's goal.

Costa Rica's challenge collapsed after the goal and Reinaldo Navia was guilty of a glaring miss for Chile in the dying minutes.

Sampson, who led his United States at the 1998 World Cup in France, replaced Alexandre Guimaraes following last year's event in Japan and South Korea.

Paraguay beats Peru 1-0 in international friendly

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Substitute Guido Alvarenga scored a 72nd minute goal as Paraguay beat Peru 1-0 Wednesday in an international friendly.

Guido sent a powerful shot sailing over the heads of a Peruvian line and past diving goalie Erick Delgado on a free kick from some 30 meters (yards) out.

The Peruvian squad started strong as the game quickly turning into a shooting match, with neither team able to covert the many headers and kicks into more goals.

Venezuela defeats Trinidad 3-0

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (AP) -- Juan Arango scored two goals to lead Venezuela to a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago Wednesday.

Venezuela dominated Trinidad with goals by Arango, who plays for Mexico's Pachuca, in the 31st and 39th minutes, and a goal by Daniel Noriega in the 76th.

Trinidad's best chance came in the 43rd minute when Silvio Spann escaped a strong defense but couldn't put the ball past goalkeeper Gilberto Angelucci.

Venezuela is preparing for the South American World Cup qualifying, which begins in September. Venezuela hasn't allowed a goal at home in 581 minutes.

Trinidad was eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup by Martinique and Honduras last weekend.


 
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