Venezuela defeated Honduras for the second time in a week with a final score of 2 -1.
Honduras, made the following changes to their line-up following last weeks game. Seven new faces in the starting line-up – Noel Valladares, Wilmer Crisanto, Johnny Leveron, Carlos Sanchez, Henry Figueroa and Claros given the nod ahead of Donis Escober, Carlos Palacios, Juan Montes, David Velasquez, Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido.
Venezuela only made one change from last week’s game they played in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Edder Farias replacing Otero
Honduras got off to a promising start after Lozano opened the scoring in the 14th minute with his header off the ground and past Venezuela goalkeeper Alain Baroja
However, Venezuela responded immediately, with Lucena scoring against Honduras three minutes later after another header
Venezuela made the most of taking advantage against the one man short Honduran team during the second half.
Substitute Otero put Venezuela up in the 57th minute following a miscue by goalkeeper Valladares, which allowed the Caracas midfielder to chest the ball over the line for what proved to be the winner.
Honduras will have another opportunity to demonstrate progress under Jorge Luis Pinto’s leadership, when it visits Venezuela on February 11 in Barinas.
UPDATE: Wednesday February 4th 2015 Honduras was defeated by Venezuela by a final score of 3 – 2 at the Olympic Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This was New Honduras National Team Head Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s first match.
Venezuela’s Figuera and Farias put the result seemingly beyond doubt in the second half after Blanco opened the scoring in the 21st minute, though Honduras threatened a comeback with two goals in the final 10 minutes.
In the first match of their double-header, Honduras enjoyed large spells of possession during the early exchanges.
However it was Venezuela, who broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 21st minute
Romulo Otero drove towards the byline before squaring the ball across the six-yard box to Blanco, who side-footed past goalkeeper Donis Escober.
Honduras almost drew level 13 minutes later when Alain Baroja fumbled the ball but Roman Castillo was unable to release a shot in time.
Castillo was a constant threat for the Venezuelan defenders and came close again to equalising a minute into the second half but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Honduras were punished for their wastefulness in front of goal yet again, with Figuera doubling Venezuela’s lead five minutes into the second half.
Figuera scooped the ball over Escober, having been played in by team-mate Argenis Gomez.
The Honduras continued to dictate the tempo but it proved to be in vain as Venezuela netted their third goal 13 minutes from time.
Oteru, who set up the first goal, weaved his way past three defenders before crossing the ball to the near post where substitute Farias made no mistake from close range.
Honduras finally managed to turn their possession into a goal 10 minutes from time, with Antony Lozano poking the ball beyond Baroja following a shot from outside the area.
And centre-back Juan Montes pulled another goal back in the 90th minute to ensure a nervy finale.
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