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Shocker! Spain eliminated from Olympic soccer

Olympics Day 2 - Men's Football - Spain v Honduras

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Isco of Spain is pursuit by Andy Najar 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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You can read all the facts, figures, nuts and bolts about Honduras’ massive upset over Spain in Olympic soccer. May I suggest you start studying Sunday’s shocking Spanish elimination here.

Meanwhile, a foursome of points to consider:


  • Honduras is no stranger to big-time soccer anymore. Two summers back, the little Central American nation was in South Africa, participating in its second World Cup.
  • Major League Soccer players had a lot to say about this one. Roger Espinoza (Sporting Kansas City) provided the assist to goal scorer Jerry Bengtson (New England) on the game’s only goal. D.C. United’s Andy Najar (pictured Sunday, in white) was involved in the Honduran goal as well, working a give-and-go to help set Espinoza free.
  • Spain was second favorite to claim Olympic gold, behind only Brazil, according to oddsmakers.
  • The Spanish embarrassed themselves at the end Sunday, surrounding the referee more than once, lashing out and generally acting like overheated children. It all smelled a little of entitlement. Yes, there may have been a penalty missed in there. And, yes, the Hondurans wasted a lot of time feigning injury. But the bottom line is that Spain didn’t score a goal over 90 minutes – and that is certainly no referee’s fault.