CONCACAF Gold Cup Review: Mexico begin Gold Cup in style with thumping victory over Honduras in opener

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CONCACAF Gold Cup Review: Mexico is off to a flying start following their Nations League heartbreak

Mexico’s new manager, Jaime Lozano, got off to a strong start as his team secured a dominant 4-0 victory over Honduras in their first match of the 2023 Gold Cup. 

Luis Romo scored two goals in the first half, while Orbelín Pineda and Luis Chávez added goals in the second half. Mexico quickly took the lead just 51 seconds into the game, with Romo capitalizing on a loose ball near the edge of the box.

CONCACAF Gold Cup Review
CONCACAF Gold Cup Review: Luis Romo bagged a brace against Honduras

Throughout the match, Mexico displayed a high level of intensity and speed, which caught Honduras off guard. This allowed Mexico to control the game and create numerous scoring opportunities. Chávez came close to scoring a second goal for Mexico in the 18th minute but narrowly missed.

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The dominant CONCACAF team continued to control the game without much opposition, so it was not surprising to see them increase their lead in the first half with another goal from Romo, this time with a header from close range as Honduras did not defend well. 

Honduras tried to challenge Mexico’s defense, but the efforts of Elis and Benguché were not enough. With a two-goal advantage, Mexico played more relaxed in the second half, but still managed to score a third goal through Pineda. 

The Celta Vigo winger dribbled past the defense and scored a beautiful shot from outside the box against the passive Honduran defense. Mexico took advantage of defensive mistakes and scored their fourth goal shortly after the hour mark with a skillful finish from Chávez.

Honduras had a great opportunity to score a goal around the 70th minute, but Guillermo Ochoa made an incredible save to deny Alberth Elis. However, Mexico’s strong possession and speed were too much for their opponents, as Santiago Giménez’s fifth goal was disallowed for being offside. 

In the end,  Mexico easily won 4-0, establishing themselves as strong contenders for the title. On the other hand, Honduras will have to significantly improve in their next two group-stage matches if they want a chance to reach the quarter-finals.

Mexico is now leading Group B after their victory. They will be playing against Haiti, who is currently in second place, on Thursday. Meanwhile, Honduras will be facing Qatar.

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