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Pizarro scores winning goal as Mexico beat Honduras to reach Gold Cup semifinals

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Soccer: 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup-Mexico at Honduras Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mexico continued their 2017 Gold Cup run into the semifinals as a lone goal from Rodolfo Pizarro helped El Tri beat Honduras 1-0 on Thursday.

Pizarro made no mistake four minutes on to score his second strike of the tournament after he latched on to a clever Elias Hernandez diagonal.

As ever, Honduras gave a feisty feel to this game, in a match where clear chances were at a premium.

As the game stumbled into the second half, Honduras improved, but it was Mexico who looked more likely to score, lurking dangerously around the Catracho’s box.

Honduras did, however, come close to scoring when Alexander López nearly surprised Jose de Jesus Corona with a shot directly from a corner kick.

The Catrachos then huffed and puffed until the final minute, as a shot from Henry Figueroa came within inches of going in. But at the end, Mexico held on to earn a place in the final four.

Next, El Tri travel to Los Angeles, California to take on Jamaica, in a rematch of the last Gold Cup Final and for a chance at playing in next week’s final.