Mexico made things hard on themselves, but the team that is widely believed to be the most talented in the tournament finally found their goals in their 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro) semifinal matchup against Honduras, winning by a final score of 2-0. Los Catrachos implemented an extremely physical gameplan and ended up picking some yellow cards along the way, but Mexico were able to find goals in extra time after a tough opening 90 minutes ended 0-0. Aldo de Nigris and 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez were the goal scorers.
Someone finally got so physical that they were shown red, as Roger Espinoza was sent packing in the second period of stoppage time, but he was one of the lightest offenders of physical play and rule bending in this encounter. Mexican players Carlos Salcido and Andres Guardado were forced out of the match, looking a bit hobbled, as they were absolutely beaten up by Honduras. There's no word on whether or not they're actually injured, but Honduras did enough to hurt them.
Mexico won't be terribly pleased by their performance tonight, but a win is a win and they've done enough to earn a trip to California and the right to face the United States in the Gold Cup final, thanks to Aldo de Nigris's header off of a corner kick in the third minute of extra time. In a match between two slow starters who gut out wins, something will have to give in the final between El Tri in the United States.
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