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Honduras ties Colombia in under-23 soccer exhibition

Honduras’ Alberth Elis (17) is taken down by Colombia’s Andres Murillo (5) during the second half of an international friendly soccer game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
Honduras’ Alberth Elis (17) is taken down by Colombia’s Andres Murillo (5) during the second half of an international friendly soccer game in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. AP

Olympic entrant Honduras sent Olympic hopeful Colombia a bitter reminder as it prepares for the final round of qualifiers and eventual trip to Rio de Janeiro.

Honduras erased a two-goal halftime deficit and tied Colombia 2-2 in an exhibition Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium. The match attracted a crowd of 7,832 — evenly divided between fans of the under-23 national teams.

Honduras began its comeback on Alberth Elis’ goal in the 57th minute. Elis received Darwin Espinal’s centering pass from the left wing and beat Colombia goalkeeper Cristian Bonilla from 12 yards.

Bryan Acosta tied the score in the 81st minute with a successful penalty kick after Colombia defender Andres Murillo fouled Elis inside the large area.

Yerry Mina gave Colombia a 1-0 lead with his goal in the 34th minute. William Palacio’s corner kick toward the near post found Mina, who headed in a shot that eluded Honduras goalkeeper Luis Lopez.

Juan Quintero’s goal in the 37th minute increased Colombia’s advantage. Quintero converted on an indirect free kick from the right wing that arced toward and landed inside the far post.

Colombia and the United States will play home-and-home matches for the final Olympic berth March 25 and 29. Honduras qualified after its victory over the United States last October.

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