Soccer 'war' won by El Salvador, 3-2

MEXICO CITY (UPI) -- El Salvador defeated Honduras, 3-2, in a soccer match climaxing a bitter feud and severing of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

El Salvador won in overtime to take the best-of-three series.


The victory, on neutral turf here, ended in embraces and handshakes by both tams. El Salvador advances to the regional World Cup semifinals.

In contrast, troops in the neighboring nations were either on the maneuver or had called up reinforcements should the crisis worsen.

El Salvador's win occurred under the watchful eyes of the 1700 Mexico City police who feared fans flown in from the two countries once again would clash as they did after the first two games.

Only one outburst marred the match, a brief shout of "murderers! murderers!" from the Salvadorian cheering section.

It was not that calm in Honduras or El Salvador.

In Honduras, the army reinforced its guards along the border with El Salvador.

Troop movements also were reported in El Salvador, although officials denied it.

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