U17 : Belgium score late to edge Honduras

U17 : Belgium score late to edge Honduras

Belgium edged Honduras in a 2-1 win after the sides’ played out an entertaining and balanced match in Group D at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.

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Both teams began the game rather cautiously, intent on not conceding the first goal. Belgium had the slight advantage in the first half, creating a few significant chances.

Eventually Les Diablotins were rewarded for their attacking endeavour when Christophe Janssen’s free-kick eventually found its way to Jorn Vancamp, who struck home the opener with a calm finish inside the box after cushioning the ball with his chest.

Honduras nearly equalised three minutes later after Darixon Vuelto shot from 22 metres but Belgium goalkeeper Jens Teunckens was able to make the crucial save for his side.

Honduras came back from the break in rejuvenated form, scoring the equaliser just four minutes after the restart through Jafeth Leiva, whose pin-point accurate left-footed strike went in off the post. Los Catrachos almost took the lead minutes later when Vuelto rounded Teunckens after a superb Erick Arias through pass, but he ran out of space to turn his shot in.

That missed chance would later come back to haunt Honduras when Dante Rigo poked home the winner after Honduras failed to clear from a free-kick in the 78th minute. Belgium will play Ecuador, while Honduras will face Mali in their final Group D encounters on Saturday.

“We made four changes in comparison to the match against Mali because these players showed us that they deserved to be in starting eleven. It is sometimes a question of mentality and concentration. The star is the team. This is not just a phrase for us. There are differences. Congratulations to the team on this fantastic result today,” Bob Browaeys, Belgium coach.

“We played against a very well organised team. Belgium brought us to our limit. We were under pressure and made some mistakes but we tried everything we could. We’ve enjoyed it here so far and were warmly welcomed in Talca. We wanted to win to say thank you to all the people here. We can still reach the next round. It is not over yet,” Jose Valladares, Honduras coach.

Source : FIFA