Mexico and Qatar booked their semifinal locations on the 2021 Gold Cup on Saturday, as El Tri thrashed Honduras and the 2022 World Cup hosts held off a livid comeback try by El Salvador.
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Mexico 3-0 Honduras
Ah, it might seem the actual Mexico has arrived simply because the Gold Cup knockout rounds start.
It was the convenience with which Mexico seemingly shifted from first to fourth gear within the blink of an eye fixed, after sleep-walking via the group stage and leaving loads of doubt over their standing as Gold Cup favorites, that was at the least slightly bit terrifying from a USMNT perspective. Or, maybe it’s the truth that Mexico are 360 minutes into their Gold Cup marketing campaign and are but to concede a purpose.
Both means, the targets began raining down within the twenty sixth minute, and Mexico let it pour for 12 minutes. Rogelio Funes Mori, Jonathan dos Santos and Orbelin Pineda received the targets for El Tri.
Up subsequent for Mexico is a semifinal conflict with the winner of Canada – Costa Rica (Sunday, 7 pm ET) on Thursday in Houston.
Qatar 3-2 El Salvador
Over on the USMNT’s half of the bracket, visitor competing nation Qatar continued to outperform expectations by reaching the semifinals with a slim win over El Salvador.
Almoez Ali struck to present Qatar the lead after 94 seconds and Abdulaziz Hatem doubled the benefit six minutes later. It was start to look as if Qatar would stroll into the semis, and that was earlier than Ali transformed from the penalty spot for 3-0 within the fifty fifth.
Alas, El Salvador had different concepts as Joaquin Rivas hit again twice within the 63rd and 66th minutes. Rivas seemed to have pulled El Salvador degree within the 72nd minute, however the FC Tulsa striker was ever so barely offside as he made his run in behind.
Qatar will now face the winner of the USMNT – Jamaica within the fourth and last quarterfinal on Sunday (9:30 pm ET).