Israel beats World Cup-bound Honduras 4-2
HOUSTON (AP) Omer Damari and Gil Vermouth scored in the second half to help Israel beat World Cup-bound Honduras 4-2 on Sunday night in an international friendly.
Honduras also dropped a 2-0 decision to Turkey on Thursday night in Washington.
''I thought there were a lot of individual errors, and the other team attacked well,'' Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez said through a translator. ''The second half we risked a lot more, and we were trying for the draw. I saw this coming. We had a lot of subs and changes. I thought the team had some miscommunication and it didn't work well.''
Honduras tied it at 1 early in the second half on Roger Espinoza's goal, but Israel regained the lead in the 52nd minute on an own goal as Tal Ben Haim's shot from the left box went in off Honduras' Maynor Figueroa.
''I want to tell the fans to please believe in the players,'' Suarez said. ''These are preparation games. We want to make the country proud, so please do not lose faith in us. We haven't lost anything yet. This is just a game to put the players on trial and see how they are doing.''
Damari added to the lead in the 60th minute. Vermouth had a shot from the left box bounce off the near post to the middle box where Damari gathered it, turned and scored.
Vermouth made it 4-1 in the 75th minute, taking a pass in the upper right box, gathering it and sending a shot off the near post and into the goal.
''Second half we started again very bad, and they had the amazing goal by Espinoza,'' Israel coach Eli Guttman said. ''Then we came back and we didn't control the ball like we did in the first half, but we were very dangerous. I thought we deserved the win.''
Carlo Costly scored in the 83rd minute for Honduras, heading in a cross from Espinoza.
Eran Zahavi put Israel ahead in the 33rd minute.
''I think that our midfield really controlled the field,'' Guttman said. ''The defense line of Honduras was very deep, and we managed to make penetration from the second line. Very, very smart movement. The numbers extended.''
Israel was coming off a 3-0 loss to Mexico on Wednesday night in Mexico City.