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Japan 0-0 Honduras: Both qualify with draw

Japan and Honduras both qualified for the Olympic quarter-finals in the men's football tournament after fighting out a goalless draw at the City of Coventry Stadium.

Japan finished top of the group with seven points from three games and they will take on Egypt in the last eight.

Runners-up Honduras will face a more daunting test against one of the tournament favourites in Brazil.

Honduras showed more enterprise and created the best two chances of a low-key opening 45 minutes in front of England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

Japan keeper Shichi Gonda reacted sharply to hold onto a fierce low drive from Jerry Bengston who has already netted three times in the competition.

Then Gonda produced an even better reflex save low to his left when a free-kick from Wigan's Maynor Figueroa took a wicked deflection off Jose Velasquez.

Japan showed more urgency in the second half and Honduras keeper Jose Mendoza saved at the feet of Antony Lozano.

Honduras duo Andy Najar and Wilmer Crisanto were yellow carded for challenges on Yuki Otsu and Manabu Saito respectively.

Otsu was only just too high with a 25 yard effort and Honduras keeper Jose Mendoza dealt with a cross-shot from Kensuke Nagai.

But both sides struggled to carve out clearcut opportunities although Mendoza kept out a Kazuya Yamamura header in the closing seconds.

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Scoring Summary

  • Japan
  • Honduras
 
 

Match Stats

  • Japan
  • Honduras
11(4) Shots (on goal) 10(3)
14 Fouls 13
4 Corner kicks 5
0 Offsides 0
51% Time of Possession 49%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4

Teams

  • Japan
  • Honduras
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