Wednesday, 16th June 2010
Chile Hot, Honduras Not
Honduras vs Chile
Central America vs South America; Hispanic through and through.
In the second minute, a Matias Fernandez free-kick, for Chile,
floated closer to the bar than most we've seen so far; as Chile tried to put their stamp
on the game early.
It was almost twenty minutes before Honduras looked in the game;
earning a corner on the right. Chile broke out and almost scored at the other end.
Honduras may feel disappointed about how they conceded the goal but
Chile deserved to take take the lead in the 34th minute; as Mauricio Isla's cross from the
right was knocked onto an in-sliding Jean Beausejour, by an Honduran defender.
Chile continued to push forward and overwhelm Honduras with their
Honduras ended the half with a free-kick from thirty three metres,
which earned them a corner. Otherwise, it was all Chile.
The referee from Seychelles seemed to struggle with the big calls,
missing two penalty shouts and ignoring a dive. If it wasn't a dive, Palacios should have
had a second booking, for a foul on the edge of the area.
Maynor Figueroa twice saved Honduras at the back and Chile missed the
opportunity to go two goals in front, when Waldo Ponce failed to put a diving header
between the posts.
Eddy Maillet can forget about blowing the whistle at the World Cup
Final after this performance, when he missed another booking for handball. Mat�as
Fern�ndez had his goal disallowed, but for the wrong reason - Alexis S�nchez handled the
ball across, rather than offside.
At the end, Chile were too hot for Honduras and the scoreline doesn't
tell the real story.
Honduras 0 Chile 1
0:1 Jean Beausejour (34 mins)
Man of The Match:
Alexis S�nchez - The inspiration in Chile's attacking play.
18 Noel Valladares; 21 Emilio Izaguirre, 3 Maynor Figueroa, 2 Osman Chavez, 23 Sergio
Mendoza; 13 Roger Espinoza, 20 Amado Guevara, 8 Wilson Palacios, 17 Edgar
Carlos Pavon, 7 Ramon Nunez.
1 Claudio Bravo; 8 Arturo Vidal, 3 Waldo Ponce, 17 Gary Medel, 4 Mauricio Isla; 14 Matias
Fernandez, 6 Carlos Carmona, 20 Rodrigo Millar, 7 Alexis S�nchez; 15 Jean Beausejour, 10
Eddy Maillet (Seychelles)
52 Mins (Chile) - 18 Gonzalo Jara on for 20 Rodrigo Millar
60 Mins (Honduras) - 12 Georgie Welcome on for 9 Carlos Pavon
66 Mins (Honduras) - 6 Hendry Thomas on for 20 Amado Guevara
78 Mins (Honduras) - 15 Walter Martinez on for 7 Ramon Nunez
81 Mins (Chile) - 5 Pablo Contreras on for 8 Arturo Vidal
87 Mins (Chile) - 11 Mark Gonzalez on for 10 Jorge Valdivia
4 Mins - Carlos Carmona (Chile)
19 Mins - Mat�as Fern�ndez (Chile)
33 Mins - Wilson Palacios (Honduras)
0 Red Cards.
Honduras and Chile have met five times in friendly encounters, with Chile just getting the
better of Honduras.
However, when the two teams met in Fort Lauderdale in 2009, it was
Honduras who returned home victorious; having beaten Chile (2:0).
2010 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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