Honduras' (L-R) Roger Espinoza, Eddie Hernandez, Maynor Figueroa and Jose Velasquez defend a free kick by Morocco's Zakaria Labyad (7) during their men's Group D football match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland July 26, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/David Moir)
Honduras and Morocco got the Men's tournament at the 2012 Olympics off to an exciting start with a 2-2 draw.
Throughout its duration, the match was wide open with both teams trading chances. Morocco drew first blood when Abdelaziz Barrada took advantage of a Zakaria Labyad header pass and blasted the shot home at the 39-minute mark. Morocco went into the half with a 1-0 lead.
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The second half was the wild one with Honduras answering just a little over 10 minutes into the second part when Maynor Figeuroa charged into the goal area. He struck the ball lightly with his left-foot and Jerry Bengston redirected it to tie the match up at 1. Nine minutes later Bengston added a second goal off a penalty, which was awarded when Yassine Jabour clipped Eddie Hernandez in the penalty area.
But Morocco was not ready to fold and at the 67-minute mark, they tied the score again. Once again Labyad was on hand to provide a 16-yard strike. A red card just four minutes later on Zakarya Bergdich forced Morocco to play defensively for the final 20 minues of the match and ultimately led to the draw.
With his two goals, Bengston was the Man of the Match. Honduras outshot Morocco 12 to 10, but Morocco had six shots on target to Honduras' four on target. The game was a foul-filled affair with both teams combining for 32 fouls. Honduras had a tremendous six corner kicks to just one for Morocco.
Honduras will take on Spain next on July 29 while Morocco meets Japan on that same day.