The United States and Honduras advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 Gold Cup on Sunday, defeating El Salvador and Costa Rica, respectively.
USA, led by Landon Donovan, destroyed El Salvador, 5-1. Honduras won a grind-it-out affair against Costa Rica, 1-0.
USA and Honduras will now meet each other in the semifinals of the Gold Cup on Wednesday in Dallas.
Here's a look at how it all went down.
USA 5, El Salvador 1
The United States took an early 2-0 lead at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and never looked back, surging ahead to a 5-1 victory over El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Gold Cup.
Things were scrappy from the start, with a logjam near El Salvador's goal in the fourth minute. El Salvador was challenging the USA to score early on.
In the 10th minute, El Salvador appeared to be opening things up but to no avail.
In the 12th minute, Joe Corona's floating cross just missed Chris Wondolowski as he was attempting a header.
El Salvador earned a free kick in the 14th minute when Clarence Goodson was given a yellow card. But, despite kicking from a decent distance, Rodolfo Zelaya missed goal.
Then, in the 21st minute, Donovan (who else?) swung a perfect cross to Goodson, and Goodson knocked it home to give the USA a 1-0 lead. This was despite El Salvador playing with five men on the back line.
Fox Soccer tweeted out the highlight:
GOAL USA! Clarence Goodson finishes off a pass from Landon Donovan to give the Americans a 1-0 lead over El Salvador. http://t.co/ekUfPr4STh— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
Minutes later, USA goalkeeper Nick Rimando made two, back-to-back beautiful saves to keep the Americans in the lead. Zelaya's cut was saved via Rimando's foot, then Rimando dove to save the ensuing attempt off the rebound.
In the 29th minute, Corona made El Salvador pay for its near-make. Corona fit the ball into the lower corner of net to make it 2-0, USA.
Fox Soccer tweeted:
GOAL USA! Joe Corona gives the Americans a 2-0 lead over El Salvador with a sweet finish in the box. Check it out: http://t.co/j1YMZw2Z6m— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
Zelaya then worked his way through three USA defenders about 10 minutes later before earning a penalty off DeMarcus Beasley. On the next play, Zelaya found the net.
The USA led, 2-1.
Fox Soccer hit us with the goal:
GOAL El Salvador! Rodolfo Zelaya earns a penalty kick and converts it, making it 2-1. See the foul and goal: http://t.co/CJT9o5MbJc— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
It stayed that way until halftime. It was an exciting flourish at the end.
After one half of play, the USA had controlled possession for 74 percent of the match, via MLSSoccer.com. The Americans had also notched seven attempts on target. El Salvador registered four attempts on target.
Zelaya once again threatened in the 48th minute with a chip that barely missed Rafael Edgardo Burgos. In the 50th minute, Zelaya sent a winding shot that barely missed goal.
In the 56th minute, the USA earned a free kick. Jose Francisco Torres' ensuing free kick was blocked by the defense.
Two minutes later, Mix Diskerud sent a pretty long ball to Corona, but Corona's cross was faulty. Still, it was an encouraging start on offense for an American side that struggled early in the second half.
Sure enough, the USA got on the board again in 60th minute when Eddie Johnson—who had just come onto the pitch—headed a ferocious ball past El Salvador goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo off a corner kick from Donovan.
The Americans had a 3-1 lead.
Fox Soccer tweeted out the highlight:
GOAL USA! With his first touch of the game, Eddie Johnson puts the US up 3-1. Watch it: http://t.co/fPyp5VQ8qs— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
Things got more scrappy from there, as Darwin Ceren was given a yellow card for a tackle on Diskerud and Brek Shea was penalized while battling with a defender on the ensuing American attack.
Then, in the 78th minute, Donovan added a goal of his own, bursting past the last man on the back line for El Salvador before rounding Portillo and touching it into the net for his 54th career goal with the USA.
The Americans led, 4-1.
Fox Soccer tweeted:
GOAL USA! Landon Donovan finally gets his goal and puts the US up 4-1. See it here: http://t.co/pqZmKcxfX2— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
It got worse from there for the visitors, as Donovan chipped a beautiful cross to Diskerud, who headed it home from point-blank range.
The Americans had a 5-1 lead.
Fox Soccer tweeted out the goal:
GOAL USA! Mix Diskerud puts in a great pass from Landon Donovan to make it 5-1. Watch it: http://t.co/goIEZwxDlr— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 21, 2013
El Salvador attempted to at least ease the embarrassment down the stretch but to no avail. The Americans went on to a 5-1 victory.
Honduras 1, Costa Rica 0
Honduras held on for a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday, advancing to the semifinals in the process.
Just two minutes into the match, Costa Rica had a prime opportunity to score. Kenny Cunningham connected with Alvaro Saborio right in front of the net, but Saborio swung the ball wide.
Saborio once again flubbed in the fifth minute when he broke free of the Honduran defense but wasn't able to control the ball, consequently swiveling and swinging the ball to no one in particular.
Honduras had a shot in the seventh minute, but Rony Martinez headed the ball wide off a cross from Alex Lopez.
Early on, the story for Costa Rica was wasted chances. The side was awarded three free kicks in good position by the 18th minute but was unable to capitalize.
It was certainly physical in the first quarter of the match with a combined 14 fouls by the 23rd minute, but there wasn't a whole lot of efficiency from either side.
Perhaps showing some frustration, Saborio was given a yellow card in the 30th minute when he clearly slid into Brayan Beckeles from behind.
Both sides appeared to be inching towards a goal after the 30th minute, though. Honduras midfielder Jorge Claros just missed wide from long range while Costa Rican midfielder Michael Barrantes watched his shot get deflected onto the top of goal.
In the 33rd minute, Honduras' Andy Najar was in good position to score after being switched from the right side to the left side of the pitch, but his shot went wide.
In the 36th minute, Osman Chavez was booked after catching Costa Rican goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton off a deflection near net.
Costa Rica had a chance to score off a free kick in the 45th minute before the half, but sure enough, it didn't capitalize. Celso Borges' kick was way over the bar.
After an early threat from Costa Rica in the second minute, not much else transpired the rest of the half. At halftime, the match was scoreless. Honduras led in shots on goal with a grand total of one, via FoxSports.com. It came from 30 yards out.
After a rather mundane first half, it didn't take long for the first goal to be scored in the second half.
In the 49th minute, Najar sneaked behind the defense at the far post, then headed a cross from Lopez straight into the net.
All of a sudden, Honduras was leading, 1-0.
GOAL HONDURAS! Andy Najar breaks the deadlock with a well-placed header, putting Honduras up 1-0. See it here: http://t.co/ZUSqMzQHS6— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 22, 2013
In the 52nd minute, Saborio slid in to try to get it past Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escober, but he ended up catching Escober instead. Escober had to be treated and Saborio—after a string of fouls—was lucky he wasn't shown a second yellow card.
In the 59th minute, Barrantes returned the favor by colliding with Claros and received a yellow card.
In the 62nd minute, the nightmare continued for Saborio. Off a pretty chip from Barrantes, Saborio had just Escober to beat, but Escober made a brilliant save, keeping Honduras in front.
In the 63rd minute, it was Barrantes' turn to test Escober, but Escober once again made a nice save. It was a huge sequence for the 32-year-old keeper.
In the 71st minute, Barrantes was issued a yellow card for a tackle on Beckeles.
In the 80th minute, it was Escober again, as he made a diving save to keep Osvaldo Rodriguez from equalizing.
Costa Rica was never able to close the gap, in large part due to the play of Escober.