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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Costa Rica qualified for the Athens Olympics on Tuesday, getting goals by Jose Luis Lopez and Alvaro Saborio to beat Honduras 2-0.

Mexico beat the United States 4-0 to claim the other soccer berth in Athens from the North and Central America and Caribbean region.

Costa Rica had not qualified for an Olympics in soccer since 1984.

Honduras pressed the attack for most of the game, showing greater speed, smarter ball control, more creative assaults on goal and a stifling defense.

But Honduran goalkeeper Donis Escobar muffed what appeared a routine stop on a 30-yard free kick by Lopez, letting it slip through his legs at 21 minutes

Saborio added a goal for Costa Rica at 77 minutes, slicing home a rebound from just beyond the penalty area.

Costa Rican goalkeeper Adrian de Lemos tipped away several shots, notably a dangerous header by Emil Martinez at 71 minutes.
 
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