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Honduras and Mexico book tickets to Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the expense of USA and Canada


Honduras and Mexico will represent North and Central America and the Caribbean in the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament after progressing to the final of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

Honduras booked their ticket to Tokyo - the fourth consecutive time that the Central American country has qualified to the Men's Olympic Football Tournament - thanks to a 2-1 victory over the United States in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying round.

Juan Carlos Obregon Jr put Los Catrachos in front right before the half-time whistle with a determined finish, scrambling the ball over the line with his knee.

Luis Palma doubled the lead for Hondurans just after the commencement of the second half. The midfielder pounced on a slow clearance from his former club team-mate at Real Monarchs, US keeper David Ochoa, and his block ricocheted directly into the goal.

Jackson Yueill pulled a goal back for the US five minutes later with a superb strike, a thunderbolt into the top corner from over 20 yards out, but it wasn't enough for the Stars and Stripes, who miss out on the Olympics for the third consecutive time.

Mexico also booked their place at the Olympic men's tournament after defeating Canada 2-0 in the other semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying round for the 2020 games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Sunday.

Chivas' Uriel Antuna scored his third goal of the tournament in the 57th minute after Carlos Rodriguez intercepted a pass from Canada goalkeeper James Pantemis. Johan Vasquez then added a goal in the 65th when his header rebounded off a post and then the chest of Canada's Callum Montgomery.

Honduras and Mexico thus join Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, and Spain in the draw, which will be held in Zurich on April 21.

The tournament will be played from July 21 to Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Kashima, Miyagi, Saitama, Sapporo, and Yokohama.
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