• Wednesday Nov 15, 2017

    Pinto laments Honduras setback to Australia

    Jorge Luis Pinto (pictured) guided Costa Rica to the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals.

    SYDNEY, Australia – Honduras’ bid for a third consecutive FIFA World Cup appearance ended after Mile Jedinak (54’, 72’ pen, 86’ pen) struck for three goals to give host Australia a 3-1 win in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff on Wednesday at ANZ Stadium, capturing the series by the same score.

    Maynor Figueroa accounted for the Central American champion’s only goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage, when he knocked in with his left foot from close range amid a chaotic sequence that included an initial shot by teammate Alberth Elis.

    “It was a predictable match that was a hard-fought,” said Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto in his post-match press conference.  “We did not have control of the match.  We were hanging in there, knowing that Australia was going to come out pressuring and were going to tire.”

    The Honduras attack had difficulty in generating scoring chances through its long ball play down the wings to forwards Elis and Romell Quioto, who was replaced in the 75th minute.

    Pinto noted that Australia physicality played a role in the result.

    “Australia pressured us,” he finished.  “They took the ball away from us using aggressive football.”

    Honduras will miss the World Cup for the first time since 2006.

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