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Honduras Beats El Salvador, 2-1

Associated Press

Jose Luis Pineda’s goal lifted Honduras to a 2-1 victory over El Salvador and a third-place finish Wednesday night in Project Soccer Relief ’98, a charity soccer tournament at the Coliseum to benefit victims of Hurricane Mitch.

Guatemala--which defeated Honduras, 6-5, on penalty kicks Tuesday night--played Mexico for the championship late Wednesday night.

Pineda headed Cesar Obando’s 23-yard free kick, and redirected the ball into the upper left corner of the net in the 81st minute.

Obando scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick in the fourth minute, but Israel Castro tied the score on a 20-yard shot in the 49th.

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Proceeds from the tournament will go to CARE, an international relief agency.

Anne Moran, CARE’s executive director for the Southwest United States, said the agency expects to raise about $500,000 from gate receipts, television revenues and contributions.

Tuesday night’s Guatemala-Honduras game drew 21,305.


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