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Honduras barely avoids setting World Cup scoring drought record

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Izaguirre of Honduras fights for the ball with Ecuador's Valencia during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba
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Emilio Izaguirre of Honduras (L) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Antonio Valencia during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)

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Talk about a timely goal.

Just minutes from setting a record no country wants, Honduras found the back of the net during the first half of Friday’s World Cup match with Ecuador.

Thanks to a beautiful left-footed blast by Carlo Costly, Honduras was able to avoid the infamy of becoming the country with the longest goal-scoring drought in World Cup history. Ten minutes before his side would’ve set that mark, Costly sent a pretty strike past Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.

In the process, the striker notched Honduras’ first World Cup goal in 32 years. When the country last scored in the world’s biggest sporting event, only four players on its current roster were alive. (That's a wow stat.)

Although Ecuador equalized just three minutes later and later added a second goal to defeat Honduras, snapping a 510-minute scoring drought is a victory in its own right for Costly and his Honduran teammates. Bolivia owns the dubious distinction with a 517-minute scoreless stretch.

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