Men's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020

Men's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020

22 July - 7 August 2021

Men's Olympic Football Tournament

Honduras, Mexico book ticket to Tokyo 2020

 Luis Palma of Honduras celebrates with his teammates after scoring the second goal of his team during the semifinals match between Honduras and USA as part of the 2020 Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying at Jalisco Stadium
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  • Honduras become first team from Concacaf to book Tokyo 2020 ticket
  • Mexico joined them with victory over Canada
  • Pair won semi-finals of eight-nation Concacaf tournament

Honduras booked a place in the Men's Olympic Football Tournament for the fourth consecutive time after edging USA 2-1 in the Concacaf Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament semi-final on Sunday.

Juan Carlos Obregon Jr put Los Catrachos in front right before the half-time whistle with a determined finish, scrambling the ball over the line with his knee.

Luis Palma doubled the Hondurans' lead right on the other side of the break. The midfielder pounced on a slow clearance from his former club team-mate at Real Monarchs, US keeper David Ochoa, and his block ricocheted directly into the goal.

Jackson Yueill pulled a goal back for the US five minutes later with a superb strike, a thunderbolt into the top corner from over 20 yards out, but it wasn't enough for the Stars and Stripes, who miss out on the Olympics for the third consecutive time.

Later in the matchday, Mexico completed the 16-nation men's tournament field for Tokyo 2020 with a 2-0 win over Canada.

Uriel Antuna scored on 57 minutes taking advantage of a misplaced pass in defence with Carlos Rodriguez providing the assist. Eight minutes later the result was assured with a thumping header from Johan Vasquez eventually going in.

Tokyo 2020 will be a third successive appearance for Mexico who were gold medal winners at London 2012.

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