Chicharito followed club colleagues Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Ashley Young in scoring an international goal on Friday, when he headed in from Andres Guardado's left-wing cross. He then showed quick reactions to convert a Carlos Salcido setpiece from close range in the 54th minute, shortly before taking a break from the searing heat with Mexico 2-0 up and seemingly set for a first World Cup win in Honduras since 1993.
Replaced by Omar Bravo after 65 minutes, Chicharito could only look on from the bench as the hosts netted twice in quick succession, through Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson. The 2-2 draw leaves Mexico lying fourth in a six-team league with two points from two matches so far. The other North American, Central American and Caribbean sides still bidding for a place at Brazil 2014 are leaders Honduras, USA, Panama, Jamaica and bottom-placed side Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, in South America, United striker Angelo Henriquez was an unused substitute for Chile as they lost 1-0 away to Peru. The Chileans remain in contention to reach next year's World Cup finals, however, with a fourth automatic qualifying place and a play-off berth both within reach. Antonio Valencia's Ecuador are third in the same table and will be expected to pick up three points when they host Paraguay on Tuesday, 26 March.