June 21, 2014

Ecuador 2, Honduras 1: Honduras became the second team in four days to end a 500+ minute World Cup scoring drought that started in the 1980's against Northern Ireland, only to blow the lead and lose.  The only buzz going into this game was the fact that the coached for both teams had coached the other team at their last World Cup, and what resulted was 90 minutes of fearless, balls-to-the-walls soccer.  Enner Valencia scored his second and third goals of the tournament for the winners, and perhaps caught the attention of one of the manydozen or so scouts for Wigan Athletic at the match.

In spite of losing, Honduras became the first team in 2014 to lose two games and not be eliminated.  Barring two obscene blow-outs next Wednesday, France has booked its place into the next round, and will clinch the group lead if it can somehow avoid losing by four goals to Ecuador.  Speaking of which, the South Americans now have a goal differential lead on the Swiss team that beat them Sunday, and although the Swiss are the more likely team to advance in that they get to play winless Honduras, one needs to remember they were in the identical position in 2010, and instead drew with the Hondurans.  The Central Americans need to beat the Swiss by 2+ goals, and hope France does the same with Ecuador for their miracle to occur.

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