Knowing that the USA defeated Trinidad and Tobago just before the start of their match, Giovani dos Santos and Mexico knew they needed to ramp up the pressure against Honduras.
Mexico defeated Honduras 3-0 to increase their lead atop the Hex table by six points for the time being.
The LA Galaxy’s Dos Santos, however, did not last the full 90 minutes at the Estadio Azteca Thursday night. He was substituted for the young Hirving Lozano in the 56th minute of play.
Off a corner kick in the 34th minute, Oswaldo Alanís headed home powerfully past Donis Escober.
Juan Carlos Osario’s substitution paid off in the second half. Lozano chipped the Honduras to double his country’s advantage.
There was a third goal three minutes later from Raúl Jiménez to seal all the points.
Sunday is the big one. Mexico host the USA at the Estadio Azteca with kickoff slotted for 5:30 PM PST.