Gilette Brasil Global Tour

There have been few clashes between the two, but among some big Selecao victories there was a Copa America shock. Brasil Global Tour casts an eye back at a few recent encounters



Brazil vs Honduras
08/06/1994 Brasil 8-2 Honduras  Friendly San Diego, USA
29/03/1995 Brasil 1-1 Honduras Friendly Goiânia, Brazil
14/01/1996 Brasil 5-0 Honduras CONCACAF Gold Cup Los Angeles, USA
23/07/2001 Brasil 0-2 Honduras Copa America Manizales, Colombia
15/07/2003 Honduras 1-2 Brasil CONCACAF Gold Cup Cidade do México, Mexico
04/08/2012
Brasil 3-2 Honduras Olympic Games Londres, England
16/11/2013 Brasil 5-0 Honduras Friendly Miami, USA

Brazil vs Honduras isn’t a fixture with a great history, but there have been some interesting encounters between the two since their first meeting in 1994. Since then, they have clashed on seven occasions. Brazil have triumphed five times, drawing once and suffering just one defeat.

The Selecao have suffered a few scares, however, most notably in Copa America 2001, when Luiz Felipe Scolari’s eventual world champions were dealt a hammer blow one year ahead of the South Korea and Japan.

The first game between the two teams produced a massacre, Brazil winning 8-2 with goals from Rai, Bebeto (2), Romario (3), Cafu and current coach Dunga. That game took place in San Diego, USA on June 8, 1994 in what was Brazil’s final friendly before matching to the World title in the same country in the weeks that followed.

More recently, Brazil and Honduras came together ahead of World Cup 2014. In 2013, Scolari took revenge by thrashing Honduras 5-0 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium.

On Wednesday, the two meet again, this time in an Olympic semi-final. Below, BGT takes a look back at few more memorable matches in the fixture’s short history.

BRASIL 5-0 HONDURAS - 16/11/2013

Competition: Brasil Global Tour
Local: Sun Life Stadium, Miami
Referee  D.Gantar (United States)
Gols: Bernard, Dante, Maicon, Willian & Hulk
Brasil:

Victor; Maicon, David Luiz (Marquinhos), Dante, Maxwell (Lucas); Luiz Gustavo, Paulinho, Oscar(Ramires), Bernard (Willian); Neymar (Hulk), Jo (Robinho)

Honduras:

Valladares; Arnold Peralta, Víctor Bernardez (Juan Pablo Montes), Maynor Figueroa, Izaguirre; Jorge Claros, Roger Espinoza (Marvin Chavez), Wilson Palacios (Jerry Palacios), Oscar Garcia (Andy Najar); Carlos Costly, Jerry Palacios (Delgado)


Over 70,000 fans packed the Sun Life Stadium to set a new record for a football match in the state of Florida when Brazil hosted Honduras in the Brasil Global Tour of 2013. Honduras were keen to stop the likes of Neymar putting on the show so many expected, taking a very physical approach to the game.

Bernard, Willian and Robinho were the stars of the game, the former scoring his first goal for Brazil. Willian also made an impression on Scolari, securing his place at the World Cup of 2014. Robinho returned to the squad after a two-year absence and made quite an impact himself, backheeling for Hulk to round off a comprehensive victory. So impressed was Scolari that, moments after the final whistle, he told the press room: “Brazil will win the World Cup.”

BRAZIL 3-2 HONDURAS - 04/08/2012

Competition: Olympic Games
Venue: St James Park, Newscastle
Referee:
 Felix Bryche (Germany)
Goals: Leandro Damiao (2) & Neymar; Martinez & Espinoza
Brazil:
Gabriel; Rafael, Thiago Silva, Juan, Marcelo; Sandro (Danilo), Romulo, Oscar; Neymar, Hulk (Lucas), Leandro Damião (Alexandre Pato)
Honduras: Jose Mendoza; Wilmer Crisanto, Maynor Figueroa, Jose Velázquez, Johnny Leveron; Orlin Peralta (Alfredo Mejia), Arnold Peralta, Mario Martínez, Luis Garrido (Alexander Lopez), Roger Espinoza; Jerry Bengtson (Antony Lozano)

Many predicted a walk in the St. James Park for Brazil, who arrived in England in 2012 hell bent on claiming their first Olympic gold medal. It proved anything but. Brazil's progression to the semi-finals proved hard-fought, with Leandro Damiao the hero as he hit two goals to secure victory. The then Internacional striker starred on a difficult afternoon for the Seleao, also winning the penalty that Neymar would convert.

Brazil twice went behind as the first signs of nerves began to show following a confident showing in the group stage that saw Mano Menezes’ side hit nine goals in three games. A spirited Honduras display left Menezes with serious doubts about his side’s ability to defend, later leading him to make introduce Alex Sandro for the final as an extra left-sided defender to compensate for Neymar’s lack of contribution when not in possession. Brazil marched on to beat South Korea in the semis but were shocked 2-1 by Mexico in the final. The wait for Olympic gold still goes on.

BRAZIL 0-2 HONDURAS - 23/07/2001

Competition: Copa América
Venue: Palo Grande, Colombia
Referee:
Ubaldo Aquino (Paraguay)
Gols: Martinez (2)
Brazil: Marcos; Juan, Luisao (Juninho Pernambucano), Cris; Belletti, Emerson, Eduardo Costa (Jardel), Alex (Juninho Paulista), Junior; Denílson, Guilherme
Honduras: Valladares; Caballero, Medona, Carcamo; Perez, Rodriguez, Leen (Aguirre), Turcios (Rodriguez), Guevara, Garcia; Martinez

Few could have foresaw Brazil marching to a fifth world title the following year. Scolari had been drafted in to save the Selecao, who faced a real possibility of failing to qualify for the tournament for the first time in history. Felipao had succeeded Emerson Leao the previous month, becoming Brazil’s fourth coach in nine months.

The Copa America was his first chance to prove Brazil were not in crisis. But a shock defeat to Honduras left Brazil’s confidence in their national team at a real low. Two wonderfully well worked goals from Saul Martinez saw Honduras take advantage as chaos spread throughout Scolari’s side. "I, Big Phil, will go down in history as the Brazil coach who lost to Honduras,” said Scolari. “It's horrible but Honduras played better than us and deserved to win." It was Brazil’s one and only defeat to Honduras, who were well worth their victory that night.