Honduras V/S Chile
Chile notched up their first win in world cup after a five-decade long wait, at the expense of Honduras. This was the first appearance for Honduras in the world cup in 28 years. The match turned out to be a one sided affair as Chile held major part of the possession throughout the match. With only one striker upfront, Honduras struggled to make any impact in the attacking front. Referee yellow carded Chile’s Carmona with only 4 minutes on the board, for a foul. Sanchez was the main creative force for the Chileans. He had many mesmerizing runs through the right wing with some fancy footwork to create some chances.
In the 16th minute Pavon headed a cross from the right side wide. Sanchez shot the ball from a difficult angle, took a deflection from defender and keeper Valladares tipped the ball over the post for corner. Honduras struggled to hold on to the ball and occasional long ranger shots marked their attacking presence. In the 33rd minute referee showed yellow-card to Palacios, much to the amusement of the Honduras midfielder. In the 34th minute, Beausejour scored to give Chile a 1-0 lead. That attacking move involved a great through ball from Valdivia, which overlapped two defenders and then Isla turned around and shot which Beausejour somehow managed to get it past the goal line. In the 43rd minute, Valladares saved a shot from Sanchez.
For Honduras defender Figueroa produced a magnificent performance throughout the match, he negated many Chilean attacks. In the additional minute of the first half, Nunez had a great free kick from a distance of 31 meters saved by Chilean keeper Bravo. In short, Chile just attacked and Honduras had to defend deeply. In the 64th minute, Valladares saved a header from Valdivia to keep the score line intact. In the 71st minute, Honduras appealed for a penalty as ball hit Ponce’s hand inside the penalty box. In the 75th minute, Vidal had a shot saved by Valladares and Valdivia placed the deflected ball inside the goal post. However, it was ruled out as offside.
In the 89th minute, substitute Welcome hit a ball over the post for Honduras, which summed up the day for them. Coming on as a substitute in the 87th minute M.Gonzalez produced a cameo performance as he kept shooting for goal from long distances with both his feet. Despite the greater possession and continuous attacks, Chile failed to add on to their earlier goal. Due to the lack of attacking impetus from Honduras, Chile had the match in their kitty without much trouble. Chile had 20 shots on goal compared to just 7 from Honduras. Chile now has three points and it will be crucial, as they have to face Spain later.