Olympic Soccer: Spain Eliminated After Losing to Honduras

Michael DulkaContributor IJuly 29, 2012

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Isco of Spain is pursued by Roger Espinoza of Honduras during the Men's Football first round Group D match between Spain and Honduras on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games  at St James' Park on July 29, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Spain has been eliminated from the men's Olympic tournament after losing their second straight game to Honduras. After losing to Japan 1-0 on the tournament's opening day, Spain failed to score once again and fell to Honduras 1-0. 

Honduras got on the scoresheet early on in the match, as Jerry Bengtson scored in the seventh minute. Bengtson's goal against Spain gave him three for the tournament after he recorded a brace against Morocco in Honduras' first-day draw.

Spain dominated possession against Honduras and out-shot them 24-7. Despite the 24 attempts, only six ended up being on target. Honduras had three shots on target, including the crucial game-deciding goal.  

Spain entered the tournament as a favorite to win gold and bows out in embarrassing fashion. After dominating the world football landscape for the last four years, Spain will not add Olympic gold to their resume.

With Spain out of the tournament, Brazil is the far-and-away favorite of the tournament after playing entertaining football the first two matches. They close out their campaign against New Zealand in a game they should have no trouble with.  

On the final day of group play, Spain plays a Moroccan side fighting for their tournament lives. The match won't matter for Spain, as they cannot advance in any case. They are stuck on zero points, while Honduras (four) and Japan (six) would advance ahead of them even if they won their last match.

It's not only a disappointing result for Spain, but it's surely embarrassing as well after their team talked about adding the gold medal to their list of recent accomplishments.