Action from the international friendly between Honduras (white jersey) and visiting Venezuela on March 5, 2014, at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. (Photo: courtesy Diario La Prensa)
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Jerry Palacios scored early in the second half to give Honduras a 2-1 win over visiting Venezuela in an international friendly on Wednesday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.
The Catrachos -- now unbeaten in six of their last seven outings -- played at home for the last time prior to the World Cup.
As evidenced by the high quality of its goals, the host performed assuredly in an evening contested at an engaging pace.
Jerry Bengtson gave the supporters something to cheer about in the sixth minute, striking to give Honduras a 1-0 lead. After Oscar Boniek Garcia slipped a clever pass into the left side of the penalty area, the mobile New England Revolution forward accurately fired a shot into the far-side netting from seven-yards out
Venezuela leveled in the 20th minute thanks to a brilliantly taken free kick by Romulo Otero that beat the best efforts of outstretched goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Five minutes after the break, Palacios struck for the game-winner.
Maynor Figueroa initiated the play by sending a long pass from his own end of the field to the right that sailed over the head of a Venezuelan defender. The ball fell to the 32-year-old Palacios, who finished clinically from 12-yards with his right foot.
After going winless in six straight games against Venezuela, the Hondurans have won two in a row.