Honduras, French Guiana wrangle to draw
Honduras’ Alberth Elis (left) and Jean-David Legrand of French Guiana battle for the ball during their CONCACAF Gold Cup match on July 11, 2017, Houston, Texas, USA. (Photo: AFP)
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HOUSTON -- Honduras and French Guiana battled to a 0-0 draw in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night. 

The stalemate left both winless on one point apiece after two games and needing a win in their last Group A match to reach the quarterfinals.  Canada and Costa Rica top Group A on four points each after knotting at 1-1 earlier.

Honduras, which hasn't scored in three straight Gold Cup matches, enjoyed a sizable possession advantage in the first half. The Central American champion, however, could not solve a French Guiana defense that conceded four goals in a loss to Canada on Friday.

After an uneventful first half, the game picked up over the final 45 minutes as French Guiana played with more confidence. 

Captain Florent Malouda was a headache for the Hondurans.  He forced goalkeeper (and man of the match) Luis Lopez to make two big stops, a turn-around shot in the 50th minute and a save on his 20-yard blast in the 63rd minute.  Teammate Rhudy Evens' attempt hit the right post in the 74th minute. 

French Guiana goalkeeper Donovan Leon preserved the clean sheet in the 70th minute, when he came out of the net to deny Romell Quioto.

Next up on July 14: At Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, French Guiana will face Costa Rica and Honduras squares off against Canada.

Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v French Guiana
Honduras v French Guiana, July 11, 2017. (Photos: AFP)
Honduras v Guayana Francesa
Honduras v Guayana Francesa, Julio 11, 2017. (Fotos: AFP)