Honduras dumps El Salvador from Gold Cup with 4-0 win

Jamaica ended up topping the group with five points, followed by Curacao and El Salvador on four each. Curacao, however, advanced with a better goal difference.

Honduras players celebrate Emilio Izaguirre's (No. 7) goal against El Salvador.   -  AFP

Honduras upset El Salvador 4-0 at the Gold Cup in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a result that sent Curacao through to the quarterfinals at the expense of El Salvador.

Three superb second-half goals in the space of 16 minutes earned Honduras its first points of the competition in the final match in Group C.

Earlier, Curacao scored a very late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Jamaica in the early game in Group C.

Jamaica ended up topping the group with five points, followed by Curacao and El Salvador on four each. Curacao, however, advanced with a better goal difference.

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El Salvador kicked off against Honduras knowing that with a win it would top the group, while a draw would also assure a quarterfinals berth.

But it was knocked on its heels in the 59th minute when Honduras midfielder Jorge Alvarez curled a delicious 23-yard shot inside the post.

It was 2-0 six minutes later when Rubilio Castillo calmly finished after being put through by Luis Garrido.

Bryan Acosta delivered the knockout blow in the 75th minute after latching onto a pinpoint 50-yard long ball by defender Maynor Figueroa.

Emilio Izaguirre completed the rout in the 90th minute.