Action from CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying playoff, first leg match between visiting Honduras (white jersey) and French Guiana on March 25, 2015, in Remire-Montjoly. (Photo: Jody Amiet)
CAYENNE, French Guiana – After Jerry Bengtson gave visiting Honduras a 1-0 lead over French Guiana in the first leg of their CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying playoff on Wednesday, the host struck for three unanswered goals to post the most important win in its history.
Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto acknowledged that the circumstances leading to those breaches will have to be avoided in Sunday’s second leg at the Estadio Olimpico Metroplitano in San Pedro Sula.
"I think that the errors that we committed complicated things for us,” said Pinto. “After we made the job easier for them, they structured a solid, defensive block and it made things hard for our attack.”
The setback extended the Catrachos’ winless streak to seven consecutive games, conceding 14 goals in their last five outings. Despite the defensive difficulties at the Stade Municipal Dr. Edmard Lama, Pinto thought the final result was not necessarily a reflection of the overall performance.
“It was a well-fought match,” the Colombian remarked. “We had the luck of controlling it, but they are the ones that had the scoring chances. In the second half, Guiana sat back and defended with everything. They made it difficult in attack, but our football was not very clear.”
If Honduras is to qualify for a seventh straight Gold Cup, it has no choice but to score at least two goals and keep the French Guianese at bay.
“We need to know to control the counterattack and their aerial play,” Pinto continued. “They manage space well. We will have to take advantage of the blocks and attack them since they are in San Pedro Sula.”
Notwithstanding the task ahead, Pinto remains composed about Honduras’ prospects and is counting on the home fans for support.
“We will not become crazy,” he finished. “We have to play football more rather than desperation. Honduras has the capacity to go out and win in San Pedro Sula.
“We need support and it will stir us to deliver that win.”