GUWAHATI, Oct 11 - Honduras completely outplayed debutant New Caledonia 5-0 in their Group E match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Sarusajai here today.
The Central American country dominated right from the start and found the net thrice before making their way into the half time break. The Oceania qualifiers were completely outplayed with hardly a few moves.
New Caledonia almost took the lead in the first minute but Titouan Richard’s left footed shot from the left side of the box missed the right post by inches. Receiving a pass from Gale Luewadia, Richard did well to get the ball past a forwarding Honduras custodian but his strike lacked the accuracy.
Honduras had their first real attempt on goal through Joshua Canales in the 18th minute, however, his right footed shot from the right side of the box missed the target by some margin.
The CONCACAF qualifiers went on to break the deadlock in the 25th minute through Carlos Mejia. Having received a cross from Joshua Canales in the right flank, Mejia’s left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box found the bottom left corner of the net.
It was Canales who went on to increase the lead from a free kick with a right footed shot which found the bottom right corner in the 27th minute.
To make things worse for the debutants, Santiago Cabrera in the right flank delivered the perfect cross for Mejia to guide the ball into the net in the 42nd minute. Mejia’s left footed shot from close range left the New Caledonia custodian with no reply.
After the half time break, it was the same old saga which continued with Patrick Palacios making it 4-0 through a header in the 51st minute. Receiving a well elevated cross from Axel Gomez, Palacios found the back of the net with ease. Gerson Chavez decided to have a go from around 25 yards but was well denied by New Caledonia glovesman Robin Escorne in the 61st minute.
Receiving the ball from a Pierre Bako cross, Kiam Wanesse’s header from the centre of the box was saved by Honduras’ custodian Alex Rivera in the 71st minute. Palacios went on to score his second goal with a left footer from close range to find the bottom left corner of the net in the 88th minute.
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