The Qatar team, host of the next World Cup, qualified for the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup this Tuesday, where El Salvador awaits, by finishing as the leader of Group D with a victory in Houston by 0-2 over the from Honduras.
The Hondurans, who had to settle for second place, will face the Mexicans, leaders of Group A in which El Salvador in turn finished second.
The Qataris were superior to the Hondurans, who woke up in the second half, but the effort was not enough to put the parity on the board.
Qatar reached seven points, while Honduras, which was already classified to the quarterfinals, was left with six units in second place in group D.
The game played at the BBVA Stadium was very impressive, with the Hondurans wanting to control it from the start, but their rival, who stood up well in defense, did not give freedom.
The Qataris, attacking with Ahmed and Abdelaziz Hatim, imposed a quick game and arrivals within the framework of a disfigured rival.
Qatar saw the fruit of its fast football in the 24th minute, when Ahmed beat Honduran goalkeeper Luis López with a powerful shot to make it 1-0.
The goal of the Qataris was a jug of cold water for Honduras, which saw how, as the minutes passed, those of Félix Sánchez began to feel more and more comfortable on the pitch.
Honduras, led by the Uruguayan Fabián Coito, who today tested positive for covid-19 in the tests carried out in the Gold Cup, suffered the loss due to injury of its captain Maynor Figueroa from minute 39, and was replaced by Marcelo Pereira.
Akram Afif, in the 40th minute, had the second goal on his feet, but goalkeeper Luis ‘Buba’ López saved a maximum penalty.
With the score in favor of Qatar, the teams went to half-time, on the orders of the American referee Jair Marrufo.
In the second section, the catrachos left the dressing room with everything, but Sánchez’s team threw everything back to defend the goal and bet on the counterattack.
Qatar’s insistence paid off, and in the 94th minute midfielder Abdelaziz Hatim smashed the ball into the back of the net and declared the victory.
Honduras will have to face Mexico, winner of group A, and Qatar the second, El Salvador, in the next phase.
0. Honduras: Luis Lopez; Félix Crisanto (m.60, Marcelo Santos), Kevin Álvarez, Maynor Figueroa (m.45, Marcelo Pereira), Diego Rodríguez; Johnny Leverón, Jhow Benavídez, Deybi Flores, Bryan Acosta (m.60, Boniek García); Alexander López and Romell Quioto (d.25, Jerry Bentgson).
Selector: Fabián Coito.
2. Qatar: Meshall Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Bassam Al Rawi, Khoukhi Boualem, Abdelkarim Hassan; Homam Ahmed, Hassan Al Haydosc, Karim Boudiaf (m, 82, Assim Madabo); Abdelaziz Hatim; Akram Afif (m.82, Ahmed Alaa) y Al Moez Ali.
Selector: Felix Sánchez.
Referee: The American Jair Marrufo, who cautioned Bentgson with yellow.
Goals: 0-1, m.24: Ahmed. 0-2, m.93: Hatim.
Incidents: Match of the third and last day of Group D of the Gold Cup played at the BBVA Stadium in Houston.