10-man Honduras hangs on for draw versus Costa Rica
Josue Villafranca of Honduras against three Costa Rican opponents Alexis Gamboa, Orlando Galo and Diego Mesen during a Group G match in the qualifying phase of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship at the IMG Stadium in Bradenton, Florida, United States on 13 November, 2018
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BRADENTON, Florida – Despite playing a man down for more than a half of play, Honduras hung on for a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica to open Group G of the Qualification Stage of the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship.

Honduras could not have asked for a better start, as a corner kick was expertly volleyed in by Josue Villafranca in the 20’ to make it 1-0 to the Catrachos.

But things would soon turn very complicated for Honduras, as it was reduced to 10 men when Mariano Alvarez was issued a straight red card in the 37’ for a late push.

The man advantage proved to be the lift the Ticos needed and just two minutes into the second half, Andres Gomez brought Costa Rica level 1-1 by finishing off a one-two combination.

Both teams were keen to snatch a late game-winning goal and Honduras FW Selvin Guevara nearly did just that in second half stoppage time after some slick passing from the Catrachos, but the shot sailed wide.

Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras v Costa Rica
Honduras v Costa Rica, November 13,2018
Honduras 1 - 0 Costa Rica
Honduras 1 - 1 Costa Rica