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Mexico Vs. Honduras, 2012 Olympic Qualifiers: Alan Pulido Brace Has El Tri Up At Halftime

Honduras was supposed to provide Mexico with their first major test of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament, but either Honduras isn't as good as we thought they were or Mexico are unbelievably good. El Tri showed no problems in the first 45 minutes at the Home Depot Center and got a brace from Alan Pulido to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.

Pulido opened the scoring after just 12 minutes when Javier Aquino fed the striker and left him with a relatively simple finish. All he had to do was slide the ball low past the keeper, which he did without a problem, and Mexico were in front.

Honduras wasn't completely devoid of chances, but Mexico were always comfortable. Pulido continued to cause the Honduras defense fits and Marco Fabian kept finding space to create in behind him, while the wingers were getting up without much of a problem.

Mexico's continued pressure finally resulted in their second goal, although this one was less of a team goal and more a brilliant piece of play by Pulido. The Tigres man gathered the ball on the left and brought it across the field before getting space 20 yards from goal and straight away. He took advantage of that space with a rocket of a shot that left the goalkeeper no chance and sent the rain soaked pro-Mexico crowd in Los Angeles wild for a deserved 2-0 halftime lead.