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Honduras 1-0 Haiti: Costly heads winner

SEATTLE (AP) -- Carlo Costly headed in a free kick by Walter Martinez in the 76th minute on Saturday, helping Honduras open group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory over Haiti.

Martinez took the free kick from the left of the penalty area about 2 yards up from the goal line. He drove it into the box, and Costly went up and flicked it off the left side of his head and into right corner of the net, well beyond the reach of Haiti goalkeeper Jean Dominique Zephrin.

Honduras will take on the United States next Wednesday in Washington, D.C., in the second of its three Group B games. Haiti will play Grenada, also next Wednesday in Washington.

Costly, who has four goals in World Cup qualifying, nearly had another on Saturday just four minutes after he put Honduras on the board. But his 35-yard shot toward a wide-open net was kicked off the line by Haiti's Pierre Richard Bruny.

Haiti had the run of play during the early part of the game and had two near-misses. Honduras goalkeeper Donis Escober dove to grab the ball of the foot of Fabrice Noel directly in front of the post before Noel could get off a shot in the 19th minute. Noel then went inches wide of the left post on a 25-yard shot in the 32nd minute.

Honduras had two excellent scoring chances in the final eight minutes of the half. A shot by Martinez from 10 yards away was saved at the post by goalkeeper Jean Dominique Zephrin. In the final seconds before the first-half whistle, Nery Medina's shot from 30 yards away on the right side was heading toward the upper left corner before Zephrin leaped to knock it away at the last moment.