Swiss make little work of Honduras

June 26, 2014 at 12:13 am
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Honduras, Honduras News, News, Switzerland, Switzerland News
BRAZIL, Manaus – Honduras took on Switzerland at the Arena Amazonia where Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in the final Group E game.

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri (L) celebrates his 0-1 lead goal with teammate Gokhan Inler (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group E preliminary round match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, 25 June 2014.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri (L) celebrates his 0-1 lead goal with teammate Gokhan Inler (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group E preliminary round match between Honduras and Switzerland at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, 25 June 2014.

The slaughtering began early when Honduras conceded a goal in the sixth minute after Bayern Munich midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri shot a powerful out of 18 curler startling the flat footed Honduran goal minder Noel Valladares and putting the Swiss a goal ahead.

The goal seemed to have shaken Honduras as they were now more compact and looked determined to get back to equal terms.

Their resolve was lessened in the 30th minute when a counter attack broke after possession was lost in the middle, Josip Drmić linked up well with fellow Bundesliga and country man Shaqiri to lay a low ball to the right of goal defeating Valladares and ending the first half.

The second half kicking off saw Honduras pushing forward and getting their first descent attempt at goal but with no player able to connect with the cross.

More came the Swiss’ way when in the 53rd minute Jerry Bengtson controlled the ball beautifully around the keeper but his shot was cleared off the line by Swiss defender Ricardo Rodríguez.

The introduction of Marvin Charvez to the second half team added to the Honduran arsenal going forward but his crosses didn’t connect with fellow team mates.

Much didn’t improve in the Honduran defence however as a counter by Drmić and Shaqiri again resulted in a goal for the Swiss making the score 3-0 and Shaqiri’s World Cup hatrick being the first for the Swiss since their win over Australia in the Quarter Final of 1954.

From Group E, Honduras and Ecuador leave, only Switzerland and France go through to the last 16.

 

Lebogang Mokoena


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