Mexico tops Honduras in friendly

Action from the international friendly between Mexico and visiting Honduras (white jersey) on October 9, 2014, in Tuxtla Gutierrez. (Photo: Mexsport)

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Mexico extended its shutout streak to three consecutive games on Thursday with a 2-0 win over visiting Honduras in an international friendly at the Estadio Víctor Manuel Reyna.

Javier Hernandez and Oswaldo Alanis struck for first-half goals in a winning effort, handing the Central Americans their sixth loss in eight outings.

After an intensity-filled opening between the CONCACAF rivals, the host went ahead in the 21st minute.  Marco Fabian played a ball out to the left for Oribe Peralta, who found Hernandez on the right side of the 18-yard box with a superbly weighted pass.  The Real Madrid star took two controlling touches before drilling a right-footed shot into the far-side netting.

Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober denied Paul Aguilar from close range with a tremendous reflex stop in the 34th minute, but could not prevent Mexico from doubling its lead three minutes later.  Alanis made it 2-0 by rising high to head in an out-swinging, left-sided corner kick from eight-yards out.

Javier Guemez and Arturo Alfonso Gonzalez made their Tricolor debuts in the second half, entering as substitutes for Antonio Rios and Marco Fabian, respectively.

Mexico will next welcome Panama to Queretaro on Sunday, while Honduras will visit the United States on October 14 in Boca Raton, Florida.