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T&T see World Cup hopes shattered

Alberth Elis was one of the goal scorers for Honduras against Trinidad and Tobago at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday September 1, 2017. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Trinidad and Tobago’s dreams of a second appearance at the FIFA World Cup are on the verge of being extinguished following a 2-1 loss to Honduras at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday September 1, 2017.

Goals from Alexander Lopez and Alberth Elis secured a comfortable lead for the Central American unit before Joevin Jones’ penalty briefly gave the home team a glimpse of hope. In the end; however, the final whistle marked the seventh loss in eight games for the twin island republic. 

Honduras went ahead after profiting from the inability of a scrambling T&T defence to clear the ball, an error started after goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams failed in an attempt to gather in a weak shot on goal.

Lopez made the hosts pay for their mistake after blasting the resulting opportunity high into the roof of the net from just outside the area in the 7th minute.  The hosts found themselves in even more trouble 9 minutes later after Romell Quioto’s cutback found an unmarked Elis, who had all the time in the world to pick his spot after the T&T defence had all sagged back towards the goal.

Jones showed plenty of composure to put away a penalty after striker Kevin Molino was brought down in the area in the 67 minute, but the twin island republic was unable to complete the comeback and came away from the encounter empty handed.

Neither team finished the encounter with their full complement of players after T&T’s Alvin Jones received a straight red card in the 57th minute, while Honduras’ Emilio Izaguirre received a second yellow card and was sent off the pitch just seven minutes later.

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