• Sunday Oct 20, 2013

    Late goal gives Honduras U17s draw with Slovakia

    Honduras' Kenneth Hernandez (right) holds off Miroslav Kacer of Slovakia during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on October 20, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    ABU DHABI, UAE -- Honduras remained unbeaten at the FIFA U-17 World Cup after Jorge Bodden’s stoppage-time goal gave it a 2-2 draw with Slovakia on Sunday at Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium. The result lifted the Catrachos temporarily into first place in Group A, pending the result of the United Arab Emirates-Brazil encounter later in the day.

    After goalkeeper Cristian Hernandez did well to tip away an awkward attempt by Slovakia’s Nikolas Spalek, Honduras took a 20th minute lead. 

    Bryan Velasquez controlled a long punt from Hernandez on the right wing.  While dribbling towards the endline, he split two defenders with a pass to the trailing Alberth Elis.  The Olimpia product took a shot that was saved by goalkeeper Martin Junas into the path of the charging Rembrandt Flores, who slotted home from six yards.

    Two tallies from Tomas Vestenicky within the early moments of the second half put the Slovaks ahead, 2-1.

    In the 48th minute, he struck with a perfectly placed right footer from the top of the 18-yard box off an assist from Spalek.  Nine minutes later, he received a ball out the back, raced into the Honduran area and easily beat Hernandez.

    Following some near misses, the Central Americans finally found the equalizer two-minutes into injury time.  A Slovakian defensive miscue off a Honduran corner kick allowed Elis to get off a shot that Junas was able to block.  The ball fell to Bodden at the edge of the six-yard box and he netted with an acrobatic left-footed effort.

    Honduras will complete its group stage schedule with an encounter on Wednesday against Brazil.

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