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Bermuda closely overwhelmed by Honduras in World Cup qualifier – The Royal Gazette



It’s a penalty: Bermuda striker Kole Corridor, left, is introduced down contained in the field by Honduras defender Luis Vega ({Photograph} by Blaire Simmons)

Bermuda 1 Honduras 6

Bermuda’s 2026 World Cup aspirations suffered an enormous dent after they had been closely overwhelmed by Honduras of their second qualifying match on the Flora Duffy Stadium on Sunday evening.

Whereas it was at all times going to be powerful for Michael Findlay’s aspect towards such extremely rated opponents, there was some hope at half time with the rating at 1-1 earlier than the away aspect scored thrice in fifteen minutes in the beginning of the second half to run away with the sport keep their 100 per cent file.

The defeat pushed Bermuda right down to fourth place within the five-team group, with the Bermudians above solely Cuba, who face Cayman Islands at dwelling on Tuesday, however regardless of the heavy loss coach Michael Findlay was eager to stay optimistic.

“We weren’t ashamed in any respect tonight and I used to be fairly happy with the efforts each one of many gamers made towards a workforce like Honduras,’’ Findlay stated.

Dale Eve made some nice saves towards Honduras ({Photograph} by Blaire Simmons)

“On the identical time there have been conditions and deficiencies we’ll have to handle. There’s additionally realities we’ve to work on.”

Lacking the companies of Harry Twite, who was dominated out after selecting up a knock within the 1-1 draw towards Antigua & Barbuda 4 days earlier, Bermuda’s defence was put to the take a look at all through the match.

Dale Eve was known as into motion thrice within the opening 5 minutes to disclaim Luis Palma twice and Antony Lozano, the Honduras captain.

The house aspect’s rearguard was finally breached within the fourteenth minute when Kervin Arriaga was picked out by Palma and made no mistake together with his shot at objective.

Zeiko Lewis scored Bermuda’s solely objective from the penalty spot towards Honduras ({Photograph} by Blaire Simmons)

Bermuda equalised 4 minutes into added time on the finish of the primary half when Kole Corridor was impeded contained in the field by Luis Vega and referee Karen Hernandez pointed to the spot. Zeiko Lewis despatched Edrick Menjivar the improper strategy to convey the house aspect stage.

That was a nearly as good because it acquired for Bermuda and defender Luke Robinson shared his ideas on what they might have achieved higher defensively.

“I feel simply perhaps dropping slightly bit faster, however finally the primary half it’s 1-1,’’ Robinson stated.

“The second half you possibly can see perhaps health ranges from gamers who’re in season now and those that play within the high flight.

Andy Najar, left, and Luis Palma have fun a Honduras objective ({Photograph} by Blaire Simmons)

“That occurred the identical with Guinea [Fifa Series], the place we had been within the recreation within the first half after which within the second half you possibly can perhaps see that health stage come into play. We opened up much more and that’s simply unlucky for us.

“It’s one thing that we’ll should take accountability for and check out get ourselves in environments the place that’s simply regular for us.

“I don’t suppose it was essentially as dangerous because the consequence says, however I feel you possibly can see there’s numerous work to be achieved.

“We have now to observe the sport again, see what we might do higher. We have now to take these classes into the Nations League and simply attempt to implement something that we are able to do as nicely.”

David Ruiz, Edwin Rodriguez and Vega discovered the web for Honduras early within the second half earlier than Andy Najar and substitute Bryan Róchez accomplished the rout.

“We knew they had been going to show the warmth up within the first 5 to 10 minutes of the second half,’’ Findlay stated.

“I’m positive that from their perspective, they in all probability weren’t happy with their efficiency.

“That workforce expects to beat us, the calls for on them are to beat us. We tried to organize for them turning up the warmth, however we had points with the second and third runners that had been coming into the channels in assault.

“That comes with expertise and what we’ve seen as we slowly develop is we’re discovering ourselves changing into extra comfy and understanding what our capabilities are, which I feel are very excessive from a footballing perspective.

“We have now to match that footballing IQ together with the understanding of what it takes to disclaim opposition alternatives, like we had been introduced tonight wherein they had been scientific.”

Scorers

Bermuda: Lewis 45+4 pen

Honduras: Arriaga 14, Ochoa 49, Rodriguez 53, Vega 56, Najar 62, Mejia 90+1

Bermuda (4-2-3-1): D Eve — J Butterfield-Steede, D Leverock, R Lee, L Robinson — A Todd (sub: N Tucker, 57min), Okay Martin — Z Lewis (sub: D Swan-DeSilva, 80), Okay Crichlow (sub: S Ming, 66), D Parfitt-Williams (sub: Okay Scott, 81), — Okay Corridor (sub: J Bean, 66). Substitutes not used: H Twite, R Coddington, R Jones, D Bell, A Kempe, R Robinson, C McDowell. Booked: Lee

Honduras (4-4-1-1): E Menjivar — Okay Arriaga, L Vega, C Melendez, A Najar (sub: R Santos, 67) — L Palma (sub: W Decas 76), J Rosales, D Flores (sub: F Martinez 76), E Rodriguez (sub: A Lopez, 67) — D Ochoa — C Lozano (sub: B Mejia, 67). Substitutes not used: J Rougier, L Lopez, C Pineda, J Martinez, R Castillo, D Garcia, J Alvarez.

Referee: Okay Hernandez (Mexico).

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