Players from Honduras (pictured) celebrate after scoring against host Venezuela in a friendly on September 4, 2015, in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela. (Photo courtesy of FENAFUTH)
PUERTO ORDAZ, Venezuela -- Honduras snapped a six-game winless streak on Friday with a 3-0 victory over host Venezuela in an international friendly on Friday at the Estadio Cachamay.
The result was a confidence booster for the Catrachos, who had not won since defeating El Salvador 2-0 on May 31 and failed to get past the group stage in July’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.
All the goals came in the second half, but the key moment occurred two minutes before halftime, when Salomon Rondon’s penalty kick was parried away by Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
Erick Andino struck for the first goal in the 53rd minute, placing a superb right-footed shot from 23-yards out off the outstretched fingertips of goalkeeper Alain Baroja and into the net.
Shortly after entering the field as a substitute, striker Rubilio Castillo made it 2-0 with a header.
With five minutes left in normal time, Emilio Izaguirre converted a penalty kick after Andino was fouled in the box.
Next up for Honduras is an October 8 visit to Ecuador in Quito.