Argentina’s men’s soccer team, which won Gold at the Olympics in 2004 and 2008, is out of Rio 2016 after a 1-1 tie against Honduras. The two teams went back and forth in a highly competitive match at the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha. Both had several chances to score, including a penalty kick for each side. Argentine goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli saved the attempt by Honduras in the first half and Ángel Correa sent his shot wide in the second.
The breakthrough finally came in the 75th minute with a penalty from Anthony Lozano. That was bad news for Argentina because it needed a win to advance.
Honduras repeatedly troubled Argentina with the sheer pace and movement of its forwards. Alberth Elis in particular was a nightmare, drawing both penalties. Despite the fatigue – and even though a draw would suffice for Honduras – it never stopped attacking. The effort from Honduras didn’t not go unnoticed by fans in Brasilia.
Sure, there’s some schadenfreude there, because of Brazil’s rivalry with Argentina, but the show of respect toward Honduras echoes what happened in London 2012. Honduras fell to Brazil in the quarterfinals in a similarly hard-fought match. In the final minutes, Honduran Roger Espinoza, who provided a goal an and an assist, received a red card. On his walk off the pitch, the British crowd gave him a standing ovation.
Despite the influence of Jorge Luis Pinto, a strong defensive coach, Honduras appeared vulnerable at the back in the group stages. However, the defense stepped up just enough to deny Argentina until stoppage time in the second half, at which point it was too late to find the second goal that Argentina needed to advance.
Honduras advances to the quarterfinals against the winner of Group C. This is still up for grabs between Mexico, South Korea, and Germany.
In the meantime, enjoy some more shade being thrown at Argentina, courtesy of the rest of Latin America: