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Canada, Honduras knot in Group A finale
Action from the CONCACAF Gold Cup between Canada and Honduras (white jersey) on July 14, 2017, in Frisco, Texas, USA. (Photo: AFP Services)
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FRISCO, Texas -- Canada (1W-2D-0L, 5 points) clinched a spot in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2009, playing Honduras to a 0-0 draw in the last Group A match on Friday night at Toyota Stadium. 

The Hondurans (1-1-1, 4 points) will also progress as one of the two best third-place finishers.

Both goalkeepers produced key saves, while their teammates provided some defensive heroics. 

Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa drilled a 35-yard shot that goalkeeper Milan Borjan saved in the 33rd minute and Canadian midfielder Michael Petrasso cleared Alberth Elis' shot off the goal line in the 44th minute. 

Marcel de Jong, who earned man of the match honors, had created a chance in the 10th minute, only to see his effort slam off the left post.

It was more of the same in the second half.  Borjan saved Elis' header in the 64th minute and Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez parried away Jonathan Osorio's attempt eight minutes later. 

Borjan made Canadian hearts flutter in the 85th minute, spilling the ball.  Sergio Peña then fired a shot that defender Steven Vitoria cleared off the goal line with his chest. 

One minute into second-half stoppage time, Borjan made up for his mistake by reacting quickly to punch away Ovidio Lanza's dangerous header.

Honduras were awarded a win in the early hours of Friday as the Gold Cup disciplinary committee ruled that French Guiana used an ineligible player – Florent Malouda -- when they squared off Tuesday.  That match ended in a scoreless stalemate and the Hondurans gained a pair of points.

Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Canada v Honduras
Canada v Honduras, July 14, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
 
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