• Wednesday Jun 14, 2017

    Honduras’ Pinto praises performance, rues lost points

    Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto (pictured) and Honduras sit fifth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table through six matchdays. (Photo: Jorge Campos)

    PANAMA CITY, Panama – Honduras (1W-2D-3L, 5 points) missed an opportunity to climb into fourth place in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday night, playing host Panama (1W-4D-1L, 7 points) to a 2-2 stalemate.

    The Hondurans were leading 2-1 in the last minute of normal time, when Roman Torres’ right-footed strike gave the host its fourth draw in six Hexagonal matches. As a result of the late heroics, both sides remained fourth and fifth in the table, respectively.

    “It hurts me having lost two points, but in some way Panama has already lost six points at home, so we have to take advantage of that,” said Honduras head coach Jorge Luis Pinto in his post-match press conference. “It was a tough match and the necessity to win had to be searched for. We are at fault. It hurts me because of the effort put in by the boys on the pitch…because Panama was at home.”

    According to the 64-year-old Colombian, both Panamanian goals could have been avoided.

    “In the two goals we lost the ball in a childish way,” he remarked. “We lack more confidence and security in those phases of the match.”

    The Hondurans are three points behind the third-place United States for the last automatic World Cup berth. Pinto is encouraged by that fact, knowing that his side can still qualify for a third straight time.

    “I came for the dream [of a World Cup] and I maintain that I am going to go to a World Cup, although it is not easy,” concluded the former Costa Rica manager.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Honduras expects lift from Figueroa, Elis

Honduras’ World Cup hopes have been boosted by the return of defender Maynor Figueroa and forward Alberth Elis ahead of the intercontinental playoff, second leg against host Australia on Wednesday.

Escober makes key saves; Honduras, Australia draw in WCQ playoff opener

Goalkeeper Donis Escober made a pair of key saves to help host Honduras draw 0-0 with Australia

World Cup Qualifying: Intercontinental Playoffs at a Glance

When Honduras hosts Australia on Friday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, it will mark the fourth time that CONCACAF will be involved in an intercontinental playoff for a FIFA World Cup berth.

Honduras’ Lozano expects tight series with Australia

Antony Lozano knows that Honduras will have to do the job at home against Australia in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff for a berth in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Honduras’ Acosta targets win at home vs. Australia

Midfielder Bryan Acosta is fully cognizant of what’s at stake for Honduras as the first leg of its 2018 FIFA World Cup intercontinental playoff against visiting Australia on November 10 approaches.