The first half of the Gold Cup (Copa Oro) semifinal matchup between Mexico and Honduras has been a nasty, physical encounter. If you're a follower of these two teams, you should probably have an idea of exactly who's imposing their will on this match just based on this sentence. Los Catrachos came into this match with the intention of beating up and frustrating El Tri, and to this point, they're succeeding. At the end of the first half, the score is knotted up at 0-0.
Honduras have picked up a some yellow cards as a result of their physical play, with Javier Portillo and Victor Bernardez the worst offenders. Both were carded in the quarterfinals, and as a result, will miss the final if Honduras advances. Andres Guardado is getting absolutely beat up by Honduras, but he still looks like the most effective attacking player on the pitch. Giovani dos Santos, who has had a great tournament, is struggling to find the ball.
Aldo de Nigris has been Mexico's super sub in this tournament, and this game should be no different. Expect de Nigris to enter the game in the second half, and expect him to be involved in a goal.
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