Honduras downs Jamaica in WCQ

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Honduras scored early in the first half and late in the second half to defeat visiting Jamaica 2-0 on Tuesday in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying for Brazil 2014 at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.

The win, combined with Panama's loss at the now first-place United States, lifted the Catrachos into fourth on seven points. Mexico and Costa Rica played to a scoreless draw earlier in the evening, leaving both sides with eight points.

The host took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, as a left-sided cross from Roger Espinoza was headed back towards Oscar Boniek Garcia, who connected to beat Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. The scorer would leave the game before the half-hour mark with an injury, replaced by Marvin Chavez.

As has been typical in Hexagonal play, where the six teams are closely grouped in the table, the action on the field subsequently became somewhat scrappy. Jamaica (2 points) was very much in need of a win and Honduras -- which lost 1-0 to Costa Rica last Friday -- wanted to stay in touching distance of the leaders.

The Reggae Boyz's hopes of salvaging a point were dealt a blow in the 76th minute, though, when Adrian Mariappa was ejected after being issued a second caution.

The Hondurans took advantage of their superiority in numbers 12 minutes later. Olimpia's Roger Rojas intercepted a backpass, dribbled towards the goal and rounded Ricketts to net his first-ever qualifying goal with ease.

Next up for Honduras is an encounter against the U.S. on June 18 in Sandy, Utah, while Jamaica is idle until September.