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Phillips early, Ramirez late, power Honduras to 2-0 win over Canada.

HERSHEY, Pa. (Sunday, April 23, 2000) -- Hesler Phillips scored a crucial goal in 32nd minute and Luis Ramirez added the cappper in injury time for Honduras, whose under-23 men finished Group D play by blanking Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament before 8,580 at Hersheypark Stadium tonight,

In the second game, in Group E, Freddy Garcia found net in 80th minute to give Guatemala (1-1, 4 points, plus-1 goal differential) a 1-1 draw minute with Mexico (0-0-1, 1, 0)

Canada (0-1, 0, minus-2) meets the United States (1-0, 3, plus-3) in the Group D finale Tuesday night at 8 p.m. With Honduras (1-1, 3, minus-1) done, the U.S. needs just a tie to win the group and face the Group E runnerup in Friday’s semifinals. Meanwhile, for Canada to advance to the semifinals, it needs at least a two-goal victory over the U.S.

The U.S. is "a good side. I know basically all of the players on that team. I know how they play," said Canadian defender Jason Bent, who plays for the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. "We have to put this game behind us and look forward to Tuesday."

Honduras' opening goal came with Hesler Phillips looping a soft shot over Mike Franks, after the Canadian goalkeeper had stopped but failed to control a hard shot from 20 yards by Honduran captain Ivan Guerrero.

Canada had a chance to tie the match came in the 59th minute when Bent sprang Jim Brennan on a break into the left side of the penalty area, but Brennan unleashed a left-footed drive that was well saved by Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

After a headed shot by Canada's Kevin McKenna came back off the crossbar, Honduras iced the win with a breakaway tally by Luis Ramirez a minute into extra time.

Canada’s Jason Mathot was ejected in the 77th minute. Jaime Rosales picked up his second yellow card of the tournament for Honduras and pending referee confirmation, will sit out his country’s next match should it advance.

In the second game, things started poorly for Guatemala. Captain Carlos Ruiz, who scored both of the team's goals on Friday night, left the match in the 25th minute after his right leg buckled underneath him with a right medial collateral ligament sprain).

Mexico's goal came off the head of Joaquin Beltran, who outjumped a group of players in the goalkeeper area to finish a free kick from the left wing from Hector Altamarino.

Guatemala’s best scoring chance coming in the 56th minute when Carlos Quiñonez rocked the crossbar on a free kick from 28 yards. The equalizer came with a well-placed, dipping shot from Garcia that floated off the hands of Mexican goalkeeper Adrian Zermeño and fell into the goal.

Guatemala was the first nation to clinch advancement to the semis. To win Group E, Mexico needs to defeat Panama by more than two goals in Tuesday's first game, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

"At some point, it was as if we believed that our shirts would win the game," said Mexican Coach Gustavo Vargas, expressing disappointment in what he felt was the team's uninspired performance.

Guatemala 1, Mexico 1

Lineups: Canada - Mike Franks; Jeff Clarke (captain), Richard Hastings, Kevin McKenna, Steve McCauley; Jason Bent, Paul Stalteri, Robbie Aristodemo, Steve Kindel (Dwayne DeRosario 56); Jim Brennan, Jason Mathot. Honduras - Noel Valladares; Ivan Guerrero (capt.), Junior Izaguirre, Walter Lopez, Maynor Suazo (Mario Chirinos 57); Jamie Rosales, Orvin Cabrera, Luis Ramirez, Hesler Phillips; Francisco Pavon, Elvis Danilo Turcios.

Scoring:
Honduras - Phillips (unassisted) 32.
Honduras 9 Ramirez (unassisted) 91+.

Shots: Canada 10, Honduras 12. Saves: Canada 5, Honduras 6. Corner kicks: Canada 4, Honduras Fouls: Canada 22, Honduras 10 Offside: Canada 5, Honduras 0 Yellow card cautions: Canada - Bent 35; Honduras - Rosales 43. Red card ejection: Canada - Mathot.

Referee: William Mattus (Costa Rica). Assistant referees: Jose Barrantes (Costa Rica), Vladimir Fernandez (El Salvador). Attendance: 8,580 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa. Weather: 53 degrees; windy, cold, overcast

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