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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Men – News – Déjà vu as Honduras and Mexico lock in Tokyo spots

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 - Men - News - Déjà vu as Honduras and Mexico lock in Tokyo spots

Men’s Olympic Football Tournament

Players of Mexico celebrate after winning the 2020 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament

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  • Mexico win Concacaf Olympic qualifying competitors for third consecutive time
  • El Tri will look to duplicate London 2012 triumph in Tokyo
  • Men’s Olympic Football Tournament to happen from 22 July to 7 August

For the third consecutive time Honduras and Mexico will signify the North, Central America and Caribbean area on the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament. And identical to London 2012 and Rio 2016 Mexico will likely be competing on the worldwide stage as the kings of Concacaf.

Mexico will likely be seeking to repeat their 2012 triumph when the likes of Oribe Peralta, Marco Fabian, Raul Jimenez, Hector Herrera and Javier Aquino led El Tri to the gold medal at Wembley, the area’s first prime-of-the-podium end.

Honduras certified by defeating the USA 2-1 in the qualifying competitors’s semi-finals, and whereas the Stars & Stripes rue a 3rd consecutive failure to make the Olympics, Los Catrachos cement their standing as perennial opponents at this degree. Mexico beat Canada 2-0 in the opposite semi-closing.


Mexico 1-1 (5-4 pens) Honduras

How they punched their tickets

Mexico in cruise management

El Tri set the tone early in the competitors. Sebastian Cordova scored a hat-trick in their opening 4-1 win over match debutants Dominican Republic.

Jaime Lozano’s facet adopted that up by retaining a clear sheet and placing in a trendy 3-0 victory in opposition to Costa Rica. Their dedication to succeed was highlighted by a 1-0 overcome rivals USA in the group nearer with a spot in the semi-closing already confirmed earlier than the whistle. Finally, they gained when the stress was ramped up and when it mattered most, scoring two second-half objectives in opposition to a robust Canada facet.

  • The stat: Mexico are report winners in Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament historical past with eight championships to their identify.
Carlos Obregon of Honduras celebrates with his teammates after scoring the first goal 

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Honduras make it 4 on the trot

Not even Mexico can say they have been to 4 consecutive Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments. Honduras have now represented the area at Beijing 2008, once they had been regional champions en path to China PR, London 2012, once they completed as quarter-finalists and at Rio 2016, the place they went all the best way to the semi-finals. Will we see Los Catrachos in the Tokyo 2020 decider at International Stadium Yokohama on 7 August?

  • The stat: Having didn’t qualify in any respect till Sydney 2000, Honduras have now solely missed out on the ultimate Olympic competitors as soon as since then, at Athens 2004.

Tournament awards

  • Best participant: Alexis Vega (Mexico)
  • Top goalscorer: Sebastian Cordova – 4 objectives (Mexico)
  • Best goalkeeper: Alex Barrios (Honduras)

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