Honduras beats Costa Rica on penalties in Gold Cup

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, June 18 2011 6:43 p.m. MDT

Honduras forward Jerry Bengston, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Costa Rica during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament quarterfinal soccer game at the New Meadowlands Stadium, Saturday, June 18, 2011, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Honduras advanced to the Gold Cup semi finals after beating Costa Rica 4-2 in a penalty shootout on Saturday night.

Carlo Costly, Victor Bernardez, Wilson Palacios and Jerry Bengston converted their penalties for Honduras after 120 minutes of play at the New Meadowlands Stadium left the Central American rivals locked at 1-1.

Costa Rica, which has never beaten Honduras in the Gold Cup, saw Celso Borges and Alvaro Saborio's penalties rebound off the crossbar.

Earlier, Bengston scored in the 49th minute for Honduras, and Dennis Marshall equalized for Costa Rica seven minutes later.

Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saved a penalty from Saborio in the 75th minute to prevent Costa Rica from taking the lead.

Honduras will face the winner of the Mexico-Guatemala match in Houston on Wednesday.

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