Brazil beats Honduras in CONCACAF Cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Maicon and Diego scored as Brazil beat Honduras 2-1 to stay alive in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
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Maicon and Diego scored as Brazil overcame the weather and an outstanding performance by their opponents' goalie to top Honduras 2-1 and stay alive in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Earlier, Onandi Lowe and Andrew Williams each bagged goals to lead Jamaica to a 2-0 victory over Guatemala and assure it a place in next week's quarter-finals. Maicon opened the scoring for Brazil in the 15th minute yesterday. After Honduran goalkeeper Victor Coello batted away his long- range shot from the centre, the speedy defender controlled the rebound and unleashed a cannon-blast from the right side that easily found the net's left corner. Coello kept Brazil from scoring again two minutes later when he stuffed a point-blank penalty shot from the centre by standout midfielder Kaka. The goalie came up big again in the 23rd minute when he jumped to stop a point-blank offering from midfielder Diego, who had broken free to the right of the goal. The rain turned torrential at the start of the second period, which didn't help the Hondurans on either end of the field. Walter Hernandez just missed scoring on a free kick from the top of the box in the 74th minute, but Brazilian goalie Gomes leapt to knock away his blast. Brazilian midfielder Diego scored to make it 2-0 in the 85th minute, controlling a corner kick by Thiago Motta with his chest before punching the ball home. Honduras' Julio Cesar 'Rambo' Leon scored on a penalty shot on the final play of injury time to solidify the final. Jamaica vs Guatemela In Miami, Lowe's goal at the 30th minute gave Jamaica a 1-0 lead, while Williams' scored on a penalty kick at the 72nd minute to seal the win. The penalty goal came after Williams' first attempt was stopped by Guatemalan goalkeeper Edgar Estrada. But Estrada was called for moving before Williams' shot, resulting in a re-kick. Williams' calmly blasted his second shot past Estrada. Guatemala had several scoring opportunities in the second half but couldn't get a shot past Jamaican goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. In the 85th minute, Carlos Ruiz's free kick from 22 metres hit the right post. Jamaica was forced to play a man down following Lowe's ejection four minutes into the second half after his second card infraction of the match. Jamaica and Colombia have three points in the Group B draw of matches. Colombia and Guatemala will meet tomorrow to decide the group's other quarter-final seed. Mexico topped Brazil 1-0 on Sunday and will meet Honduras tomorrow in the final first-round match of Group A. A Mexican win or a tie against Honduras means both the host country and Brazil will earn a second-round berth. (AP)

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