Olympics: Football Spain eliminated after second straight defeat

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July 30, 2012, 8:44 a.m. | Sports — by Reuters

A supporters of the Honduran Olympic football team holds a Honduran national flag as he celebrates in Tegucigalpa on July 29, 2012, after Honduras defeated Spain by 1-0 in their London 2012 Olympic Games men's football match.


LONDON - Spain's hopes of becoming the first country to hold the World Cup, European championship and Olympic titles at the same time ended after they lost 1-0 to Honduras on Sunday, July 29.

Spain, beaten 1-0 by Japan in their opening Group D match, could not respond to Jerry Bengston's first half goal at St James' Park, Newcastle, and with no points from two matches cannot finish in either of the top two qualifying positions from their group.

Bengston stunned Spain with a thundering header in the seventh minute but the Hondurans, who qualified for the Olympics ahead of the United States, rode their luck with the Spanish hitting the woodwork three times.

Spain protested strongly after an appeal for a penalty in the final minutes and at the final whistle they surrounded the referee in an animated protest.

Japan, who beat Morocco 1-0 on Sunday, top the group with six points and are through to the last eight. Honduras are second on four points and will go through with a draw against Japan on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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