T&T downed 2-1 in Couva

Two costly first half defensive lapses left Trinidad and Tobago on the losing end in their latest 2018 World Cup Qualifying match played at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday night before 5200 fans.

Alex Lopez and Alberth Elis scored inside the opening 15 minutes as Honduras edged Trinidad and Tobago 2-1.

That result left TT on three points, with Honduras moving up to eight, after seven matches.

T&T actually had the first try at goal in the 3rd minute when Cordell Cato hit a low right footer which forced the Honduran goalkeeper to push wide of the left post. Lopez opened the scoring, capitalising on a defensive mix-up involving goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams to shoot home, from just outside the penalty box.

Then in the 16th minute, Romell Quioto took on his marker down the left and squared a ball which was missed by the entire T&T defence and Elis calmly tapped home from the six yard box at the far post.

The hosts had a chance to equalise a minute earlier when Sheldon Bateau met a freekick from Joevin Jones but his header hit the side netting.

National coach Dennis Lawrence looked to strengthen the back-line at the half, bringing on Alvin Jones at right-back.

But the second half substitute only lasted 12 minutes as he was sent off by Mexican referee Fernando Guerrero for a lunging tackle on Alfredo Mejia at the centre circle.

And Honduras’ Emilio Izaguirre was also sent off, in the 65th, for a second bookable offence – a foul on midfielder Khaleem Hyland. That foul resulted in a penalty which was perfectly converted by Joevin Jones to bring T&T back into it.

Game over in Couva.

T&T had their chances in the second half, with Daniel Cyrus’ headed effort ruled out due to a soft foul on him as a he rose over a defender to butt the ball into the back of the net. Cordell Cato and Kevin Molino missed one-on-one chances too.

The United States was beaten 2-0 by Costa Rica in Harrison, New Jersey, and opened the door for Honduras to draw level on eight points in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying table.

Marco Urena scored twice for the Ticos in a victory against a  U.S. side that made critical mistakes that allowed Costa Rica quality chances on goal throughout the match.

Bryan Ruiz set Urena up for his first, and the San Jose Earthquakes striker left no doubt, beating Tim Howard at the far post to put his team up in the first half.

With the U.S. chasing a second-half equalizer, Urena struck again after sloppy play from Geoff Cameron gifted him another opportunity from which he left no doubt to put the game away in the 82nd minute.

Mexico has secured a spot in the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 1-0 win against Panama at the Azteca.

Hirving “Chucky” Lozano scored for Mexico in the second half to break the deadlock with a resolute Panama team that actually had a last-gasp chance to draw level go begging in injury time before the final whistle.

Juan Carlos Osorio’s team faces Costa Rica on Tuesday in a game with implications for the rest of the teams in the Hex looking to follow Mexico’s lead on the road to Russia.

Trinidad and Tobago: 21.Jan-Michael Williams (GK) (captain); 2.Aubrey David (16.Alvin Jones 46), 5.Daneil Cyrus, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 3.Kevon Villaroel; 19.Kevan George; 7.Cordell Cato (18.Nathan Lewis 77), 8.Khaleem Hyland, 10.Kevin Molino, 3.Joevin Jones; 20.Jamille Boatswain (9.Willis Plaza 56).

Subs not used: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 11.Tyrone Charles, 12.Carlyle Mitchell, 13.Hughtun Hector, 15.Curtis Gonzales, 17.Mekeil Williams, 23.Leston Paul.

Coach: Dennis Lawrence

Honduras : 1.Luis Lopez (GK); 2.Felix Crisanto, 3.Maynor Figueroa, 4.Henry Figueroa, 7.Emilio Izaguirre; 20.Jorge Claros, 8.Alfredo Mejia, 10.Alexander Lopez (14.Boniek García 77); 17.Alberth Ellis (23.Jhonny Palacios 68), 9.Anthony Lozano (13.Carlo Costly 46), 12.Romell Quioto.

Subs not used : 18.Ricardo Canales (GK), 5.Ovidio Lanza, 6.Carlos Discua, 11.Eddie Hernandez, 15.Carlos Sanchez, 16.Jhonny Leveron, 19.Oliver Morazan, 21.Sergio Peña.

Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto

Referee: Fernando Guerro (Mexico)