TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – The Honduran national soccer team rescued a 1-1 draw in the last minute against Nicaragua on Saturday in a friendly match that served as preparation for the League of Nations and the Concacaf tie heading to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Honduras, which is preparing to play the semifinal of the Concacaf League of Nations against the United States in March 2021, played its first game against Nicaragua in 2020 due to the suspension of football in the Central American country due to the coronavirus pandemic .
In the match, which was played without fans at the Carlos Miranda stadium in the city of Comayagua, Nicaragua suffered the expulsion of René Huetes in the 17th minute for committing a strong foul on Rubilio Castillo.
Despite the man short, the Nicaraguans took the lead in the 40th minute through Carlos Chavarria, who beat goalkeeper Luis López with an accurate header after a cross sent from the left sector.
When everything seemed that Nicaragua would win, the local team achieved the tie in the 92nd minute when Jonathan Paz finished off a center from the right inside the area.
(Report by Gustavo Palencia. Edited by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)