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  • June 20, 2014
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Honduras-Ecuador Preview: Losers face Group E elimination

Honduras-Ecuador Preview: Losers face Group E elimination

With France and Switzerland firmly in control after opening victories, only three points can give either of these sides an outside chance of qualification

Group E already seems clearly defined, with France and Switzerland well placed to qualify. It is up to Ecuador and Honduras to change that, but both are yet to taste victory at a World Cup.

Reinaldo Rueda's Ecuador side produced the more promising display in the first round of fixtures, with Enner Valencia putting them ahead against the Swiss before goals from Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic proved their undoing.

That Ecuador failed to get any points from that match despite being favoured by the hot and humid conditions of Brasilia is a real worry, and anything less than a win here will see their qualification hopes all but ended.

Honduras are in a worse situation, having been swept aside by France in an ill-tempered clash in Porto Alegre on Sunday which saw Wilson Palacios sent off.

Karim Benzema put Luis Suarez's men to the sword and only the controversy caused by Fifa's goal-line technology system could deflect from the fact that the Central Americans were thoroughly outclassed.

One more defeat would see Honduras eliminated. In truth, they never expected to qualify - after failing to win a match in their two previous World Cup appearances, even a solitary three points here would constitute real progress.

Ecuador are deserved favourites after their spirited performance against the Swiss but Honduras have built their reputation on being a tough, uncompromising team. This will be a battle.

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Players to Watch
B. García
B. García
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 0

The Houston Dynamo midfielder has good technique, speed and provides good defensive cover for his team. He has an inteligent vision of the game, knows how to attack and is regarded as the engine of the team. The pressure will be on him as Honduras aim to secure an historic victory. 

Antonio Valencia
Antonio Valencia
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 1 1

'Tono' is the soul of Ecuador, beloved in his country and the pride of all Ecuadorian football lovers. He's a good constructor of the game if he decides to play as a midfielder but as a right flank he is fast and precise. 

Prediction

Ecuador has more offensive and defensive options to get the victory over Honduras. The key to victory will be how well both sides handle the pressure of the occasion. Ecuador are inspired by the desire to pay tribute to Christian 'Chucho' Benitez and three points here would be the closest they are likely to get to a fitting mark of respect at this tournament. 

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