Hosts Mexico hope to conclude an almost flawless campaign in 2020 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying when they face Honduras in Tuesday’s tournament final.
Both teams have already guaranteed their spots at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just by reaching the decider. Mexico scored twice in the second half as they strutted to a 2-0 semi-final win over Canada, while Honduras conquered the United States 2-1 to reach their fourth straight Olympics. The tournament comes to a head at the Estadio Akron in Zapopan, where the two group-stage winners will look to send one last statement of intent before travelling to Japan in July.
What TV Channel is Mexico-Honduras on?
Both finalists will feature at the 2020 Summer Games, but only one can be crowned champion, with Mexico and Honduras set to kick off on FS1 and TUDN at 9 p.m. ET. You can live stream international matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Mexico vs. Honduras
When: Tuesday, March 30
Where: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: FS1, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
El Tri came into this tournament looking like the team to beat. Jaime Lozano’s side have lived up to that billing every step of the way thus far on home soil. Mexico had to bide their time against Canada before striking twice in the space of seven minutes, and Chivas Guadalajara’s Uriel Antuna broke the deadlock for the third time in as many games:
With four wins from four and an aggregate goal record of 10-1 so far in CONCACAF qualifying, the hosts have left little wonder as to who’s the most deserving ahead of Tuesday’s decider. ESPN FC’s Cesar Hernandez rightly praised Lozano’s squad for their comfort in reaching a third straight Olympic Games, all while relying solely on talents based in their native Mexico:
The Honduras roster is significantly more cosmopolitan in its makeup, with some of their players linking up from club residences in the United States, Italy, Chile and Panama. And yet, their under-23 team has also formed a habit in this tournament, last failing to reach an Olympics back in 2004.
Juan Carlos Obregon Jr. and Luis Enrique Palma scored either side of halftime to settle their semi-final score with the United States, where Jackson Yueill could only come up with a consolation:
This final may be viewed as something of a dead-rubber given Olympic qualification was the main prize in Mexico, but Group B victors Honduras can afford to feel upbeat. Their current unbeaten run of six games is equal to that of El Tri, managing to keep just as many clean sheets across that span (three).
But for all their promise, La Bicolor Olimpica finished an all-time best of fourth at the 2016 Summer Games while Mexico clinched the gold medal in 2012. A result in Zapopan would stir belief that Honduras belong among the top teams heading into this summer’s competition, where they’ll look to break more boundaries as one of CONCACAF’s representatives.