Carlos Pavon struck an early goal to give Honduras a 1-0 win over neighbours El Salvador, putting them back on course for a place at the
World Cup finals.
The win lifted Honduras to third in the CONCACAF World Cup
qualifying tournament with seven points from five games. El
Salvador are fifth with five, one below Mexico, who beat
Trinidad & Tobago 2-1.
The top three teams qualify directly for South Africa and
the fourth plays off against the fifth-placed South American
side for another place.
Honduras and El Salvador, who fought a five-day war 40
years ago after a series of World Cup qualifiers fuelled
existing bad feeling over Salvadorean immigrants in Honduras,
are both trying to qualify for the World Cup for the first time
El Salvador, boosted by a shock 2-1 win over Mexico on
Saturday, began brightly but it was the hosts who took the lead
when 35-year-old Pavon scored from a rebound in the 14th
Honduras, despite missing striker David Suazo through
injury, almost went 2-0 up just after halftime when Pavon's
shot was cleared off the line.