The final match of Group A of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship was a play-off between the group's two Classification Stage qualifiers. Both Honduras and Mexico had won their two preceding games, but only one could win the group.
Honduras had its chances, perhaps most notably a 27-minute penalty - which was saved. In the end, Mexico prevailed thanks to a 67th-minute goal from the tournament's leading scorer. Santos Laguna prospect Ronaldo Cisneros scored his fifth goal of the Championship, but it was an impressive team effort: El Tri played a little headers-and-volleys off a corner, taking four touches to keep the ball moving around the box in the air before Cisneros applied the finish.
Douglas Martinez, reportedly a future New York Red Bulls II player, did not get on the field for Honduras.
Next up for both teams is the Classification Stage: two three-team groups that will decide CONCACAF's four qualifiers for the 2017 U-20 World Cup.
As the Group A winner, Mexico heads into Group D of the Classification Stage. El Tri will be joined by the winner of Group C (El Salvador is favorite for that title) and the runner-up of Group B, which looks likely to be the USA. The 1-0 win over Honduras in the Group Stage sends Mexico into the next round with a perfect record: three games played, three wins, nine goals scored and none conceded.
Honduras is into Group E, where it will play the winner of Group B (Panama is favorite) and the runner-up of Group C, which seems likely to be home team Costa Rica.
The Classification Stage starts on February 27.