Penalty gives Honduras quarter-final win over Canada

Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:57pm EDT
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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A controversial penalty gave Honduras a 1-0 win over Canada and a place in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup on Saturday.

Honduras will face the winners of the later quarter-final between holders United States and Central American champions Panama.

The penalty came in the 36th minute when Paul Stalteri was judged to have fouled Walter - a decision protested by the Canadian team.

Canada piled on the pressure in the second half in their search for an equalizer and they came desperately close five minutes from the end when a header from Kevin McKenna struck the post and Ali Gerba blasted the rebound high and wide.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; editing by Nick Mulvenney)

<p>Canada player William Johnson (L) is tackled by Honduras player Melvin Valladares (down) as teammate Roger Espinoza (R) looks on during their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer quarterfinal match in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer</p>