MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Canada was held to a 0-0 draw by Honduras on Saturday, giving the North Americans a coveted seeded place in the quarterfinals at the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship.
Canada finished atop Group D on goal difference, sending it to Wednesday's knockout round against the Group C runner-up. As group runner-up, Honduras will face the Group C winner that same day.
The two teams already were guaranteed of advancing with both having beaten Barbados earlier in the week.
Canada dominated the first half, outshooting Honduras 10-2, with Keven Aleman being the most consistent threat as a high pressure forced the Central Americans into turnovers.
Aleman's earliest chance came in the 19th minute, but his backheeled effort from close range was cleared off the line by Ramon Amador.
Within seconds, David Carranza finished a Honduran counter with an 18-meter shot that was easily held by Canadian keeper Maxime Crepeau. Caranza also had a 32nd-minute try that went high from 10 meters.
The Canadians increased their pressure, requiring Honduras to retreat into its defensive third.
Aleman nearly chipped Roberto Lopez in the 38th, but the Catrachos' goalkeeper raised his hands quickly.
Five minutes before halftime, Lopez blocked consecutive shots by Aleman and Jay Chapman before Chris Nanco's attempt was deflected out for a corner.
Seconds after second-half kickoff, Canada nearly took the lead, but Nanco missed wide from the left.
With both sides using their full complement of three substitutions, the flow of the game slowed and seemed to encourage a draw.
Crepeau kept the game goalless in the 80th minute, making an athletic save on a shot by Carlos Andrade.
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