Soccer: A muddy pitch and numerous falls marked a 2-1 defeat for Canada

In heavy rain and on a soaked field, Canada lost 2-1 to Honduras on Monday night.

In that foreign game, John Herdman’s side faced conditions that at times seemed unsafe for a football game. The ball braked several times due to the water accumulated on the ground, the falls of the players multiplied during the game.

The difficult conditions for both teams seemed to bother the locals less. Kevin Josue Lopez saw the ball land at his feet in the penalty area on the 13the Minute and his shot beat Milan Borjan to open the goal.

Honduras doubled their lead to 78e Minute. Kervin Arriaga inherited a cross into the box and his shot deflected off the defender and landed in the back of the net.

Brought into play in the second half, Jonathan David took advantage of a poor opponent’s throw-in to get the ball in front of the keeper and cut the deficit to a goal at 86.e Minute.

However, tempers flared afterwards after Alistair Johnston received his second yellow card of the game. As he was completing his eviction, he put his foot on that of an opponent, who then stayed on the ground. The referee showed him the outcome for this second card.

Both sides finished the game with strong arguments near midfield, but Canada went with defeat for this international window after beating Curaçao 4-0 last Friday.

Curaçao beat Honduras 2-1 last Monday, but thanks to the win over Canada, Honduras lead Group C with a 2-1 record.

Canada beat Honduras 2-0 in the final round of World Cup qualifying in January. In doing so, the Canadians secured their first appearance at the prestigious tournament since 1986.

Canada’s only preparation for the World Cup in the last international window was the Nations League matches. The team was scheduled to play Panama on June 5, but the players refused to take the field over a contract dispute with Soccer Canada.

The Nations League serves as a qualifier for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2023. The group stage will continue in March 2023, with the finals scheduled for June.

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