Substitute Jorge Bodden grabbed a winner 15 minutes from time as Honduras reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 1-0 win over ten-man Uzbekistan. The miserly Uzbeks, who conceded just their second goal of the tournament, had Akramjon Komilov sent off midway through the first half for picking up two yellow cards, and Honduras dominated from then on.
Komilov's dismissal was the turning point of the game, even though Uzbekistan managed to hold out for 50 minutes with the numerical disadvantage. Brayan Velasquez slipped away from the defender, who tried to stop the Honduras No7 getting past by grabbing onto his shirt. Referee Pavel Kralovec showed Komilov his second yellow card, and he headed back to the dressing room for an early bath.
Uzbek midfielder Odiljon Hamrobekov had earlier had the first real chance of the match, as he found space 25 yards from Cristian Hernandez's goal, but his shot was saved by the Honduras goalkeeper.
Fredy Medina had Honduras' best chance of the first half with a free-kick from distance, but despite hitting the ball well - Sarvar Kamirov was not troubled in the Uzbek goal. Jose Valladeres' side went much closer just after the hour mark as Kevin Alvarez rose highest to nod a header toward goal, but his effort hit the left post and went wide.
Bodden was introduced and tried an effort from distance, which went well wide - but the best was yet to come from the FC Municipal Valencia forward. Alberth Elis slid a through ball towards Velasquez, who turned on the left side of the box to feed a clever pass through to Bodden. He made no mistake, firing in from close range.
Despite being down to ten men, Uzbekistan threw everything at Honduras in the closing stages. But they were unable to draw level and sunk to the floor at the final whistle as their hopes of U-17 World Cup glory were ended. Their conquerors Honduras celebrated wildly though as they head into the first quarter-finals, where they will face Sweden, who defeated Japan earlier in the day.