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Honduras
0
 
1
Chile
 0-1J. Beausejour  34'
HT: 0-1
Mbombela Stadium (Attendance: 32,664)
Referee: Eddy Maillet
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Honduras vs. Chile
Minute Commentary
93' IT'S ALL OVER
The whistle goes to bring an end to a 1-0 win for Chile. It is hard to believe that the South Americans only scored the one goal in a performance that oozed class. It was up there with Germany as the display of the tournament to date and no team will want to face this team if they reach the knockout stages.
92' CORNER TO HONDURAS
Honduras have a late chance to get the ball into the box, but Chile just about deal with the danger and break at pace, ending up with another Gonzalez shot that clears the bar.
90' GLORIOUS ATTEMPT!
Gonzalez chips the ball up on the turn and has a pop with his second touch, sending a dipping shot from distance just over the bar. Lovely skill from the substitute.
89' OVER THE BAR
Welcome has a speculative effort from outside of the box, but gets underneath it and sends his shot high over the bar.
86' ANOTHER CHANGE FOR CHILE
Valdivia makes way after a lively display in an unusual centre-forward position for Chile. Gonzalez is the man to come on.
84' TIME FOR LATE DRAMA?
Chile have finally eased up, but with only a one goal cushion there is still an outside chance of Honduras following New Zealand's lead of yesterday and nicking a late draw against superior opposition.
82' SAVED BY THE FLAG
Medel puts a header wide from a decent free-kick into the box, but the centre-back was offside in any case.
80' CHANGE FOR CHILE
Contreras replaces Vidal in the left-back role for Chile.
79' BACKS TO THE WALL
Even though it's Honduras who need to go in search of a goal, they are being forced to sit deep and defend in numbers by this electric Chile midfield who have not let up since the break.
77' THIRD CHANGE FOR HONDURAS
Nunez is replaced by the extravagantly coiffed Martinez. The man coming on is a much more attack minded player and Honduras clearly still hold out hope of getting a point that they don't really deserve.
74' DISALLOWED GOAL
Fernandez turns the all home, but the flag is up, either for offside or for an earlier handball by Sanchez. Both decisions would have been correct.
72' STILL PILING FORWARD
Chile are still loading bodies into the box and do so again to create a chance for Fernandez. However, Sanchez delayed his pass for too long, allowing the defence to close down his team-mate and prevent a shot on target.
70' SHAKY AT THE BACK
It may be tempting to stick money on Chile pushing Spain after this performance, but however good they have been going forward, their defence has been all over the place and will need to improve against a side with world-class quality in attack.
68' ARSENAL-ESQUE
Chile rip apart the Honduras defence again with another fluid passing move, but wait too long to shoot, giving Figueroa a chance to nip in and clear the danger. They are clearly missing a genuine centre-forward in this team, so fingers crossed that Suazo makes it back for the next game.
65' ANOTHER CHANGE
Thomas replaces Honduras captain Guevara in the centre of the park.
63' WHAT.A.SAVE!!!
Valladares pulls off a stunning point-blank stop to keep Honduras in the game. Vidal's header back across the goal picks out Ponce. Three yards out with an open goal to aim for, the centre-back fails to pick out the corner, but is still stunned to see the keeper sprawl full length across the line and pull off a top stop. Huge drama at the Mbombela Stadium!
61' SHOULD HAVE FINISHED IT!
Sanchez's smart turn inside his own half starts a move for Chile, and the star man of the game so far links back up with the move further forward, bursting into the area and sending a shot wide of the far post. That was a terrific run, but he should really have hit the target from there.
59' CHANGE FOR HONDURAS
Veteran centre-forward Pavon makes way for the wonderfully named Georgie Welcome in attack for Honduras.
56' MAILLET EVENS THINGS OUT
The ref has returned the favour, this time bottling a penalty decision in the Honduras box. In almost a mirror copy of the earlier incident, Sanchez is brought down by Palacios fractionally inside the box, but the official waves play on. The mercurial Sanchez did go down a little theatrically which could have hampered his chances, but it was clearly a foul.
54' DANCING FEET
Chile winger Sanchez has reportedly attracted the attention of Real Madrid and it is not hard to see why. The winger turns his marker inside out yet again, before skipping inside a second man and getting hauled down by a third challenger. He's been sparkling going forward, although one negative is that he has been inconsistent with his final ball at times.
52' CAUGHT OFFSIDE
Valdivia is picked out in the box and the ball is eventually bundled out to Beausejour in space. The full-back tests the keeper with a sharp shot, but was miles offside.
50' PLENTY OF SPACE
The game is far more open since the break, with both teams breaking with numbers at pace. Honduras have already looked more dangerous, but it is a risky policy as Chile are looking as lively as ever going forward.
47' REF BOTTLES IT
Referee Eddy Maillet of the Seychelles had a poor first half, and goes one better just a minute into the second 45. Alvarez is brought crashing down inches inside the box for what looks like a definite penalty, but the referee looks to his linesman - who was over 50 yards away - and opts out of making any decision at all. The Honduras bench are furious!
46' SECOND HALF
The teams are back out and the ball is rolling in the second half. Immediately Chile burst forward, and once again it is the two full-backs who are as far up the pitch as anyone. It's good to see such impressive attacking intent.
45' HALF TIME
Honduras have their best attempt of the game, a swerving free-kick that forces the keeper to make a save. That is the last action of a half that has been dominated by a Chile side who have more than lived up to expectations. Phenomenal at times going forward, they will only get better with the return of injured star striker Suazo, but they do leave massive gaps at the back, which leaves Honduras with a hint of a chance of getting back into this.
44' COULD HAVE BEEN A PENALTY
It would have been harsh, but Figueroa definitely blocked Sanchez's goal-bound shot with his hand. It was struck from close range at power, but those have been given.
42' PROBING FROM THE FLANKS
Chile are causing problems down the wings, and the excellent Fernandez picks out the rampaging Beausejour, only for the wide man's cross to be desperately cut out by the last defender.
39' HOME FANS IN GREAT SPIRITS
The South African contingent in the crowd are getting into the party spirit, starting a conga that is now winding its way around the ground.
36' ALMOST A SECOND
Another delightful pass by Fernandez almost finds Sanchez in the box, but the keeper is fractionally closer to the ball and smothers the danger.
35' MORE ON THAT GOAL
Fernandez's perfect through-ball sends Isla through, and the full-back squares for Beausejour to bundle home Chile's first. You can't say they don't deserve it, this has been a stunning start to the game by Chile and the performance of the tournament to date.
34' GOOAAALLL!!!
Beausejour opens the scoring for Chile as Honduras are carved open at the back.
32' BIZARRE DECISION
Sanchez is wiped out by Figueroa, but the referee inexplicably doesn't even give a free-kick. To say this ref is dodgy would be an understatement!
31' THREAT ON THE BREAK
Chile may be the better team by some distance at this stage, but Honduras are getting plenty of opportunities to break.
29' HEART IN HIS MOUTH
Palacios is fouled by Fernandez, with the Chile midfielder already on a yellow. Thankfully the ref keeps his cards in his pocket, as a sending off this early would ruin the game.
26' LAST-DITCH IN DEFENCE
The Honduras back-line has been subjected to a barrage of clever through-balls and it is only a matter of time until one makes it through. Both of the full-backs rescued their side with sliding interceptions in the space of ten seconds there as the South Americans start to crank up the pressure still further.
24' OVER THE BAR
The ball drops out of the sky on the edge of the area and Sanchez has a go, but loses his footing at the vital moment and skews his drive over the bar.
22' STAR OF THE SHOW
Chile win possession from the corner and play their way out of trouble, eventually setting the impressive Sanchez away down the right. He beats his man, darts back inside and attempts to pick out a team-mate, but sees his cross cut-out by the last defender. Promising stuff!
20' BRAVE BLOCK
Honduras are content to sit back and break at pace, and do so through Espinoza. The wide man has a go from outside of the box, but cannot beat a sprawling wall of defenders and sees his effort diverted behind.
19' SOFT DECISION
The referee shows a yellow to Fernandez for a challenge that may not even have been a foul. With players going down in a light breeze and the official dishing out cards for things like that, the chances of a red in this game look high.
17' FLIMSY ON THEIR FEET
Both teams are going down far too easily and the referee will have his work cut out keeping control of this.
15' SOFT DECISION
Palacios' poor control puts him in trouble deep in his own half, but the referee adjudges that Valdivia was too aggressive going into a challenge and the Honduras star is given a let-off.
12' LOVELY FOOTBALL
The midfield interplay by Chile is simply stunning and a refreshing change to the stagnant football that we've seen over the last week. However, they do miss a player to lead the line, and it will be interesting to see how they benefit from the return of striker Suazo from injury later in the tournament.
9' THE INFAMOUS JABULANI
Vidal marauds forward from full-back and has a go with a sensational drive that dipped and swerved, forcing the keeper to dangerously parry back out into his box.
8' THIS IS MUCH MORE LIKE IT!!!
The World Cup may have flattered to deceive to date, but on the evidence of the opening minutes Chile are going to change all that. They build another move patiently, before a delightful back-heel volley by Sanchez almost puts Isla in behind the back-line. Sumptuous stuff by the South Americans!
6' LIVELY START
Chile have made a superb start to the game. They are getting plenty of men forward and are pinging the ball around with some panache, while the slippery Sanchez is already looking like a player who will cause Honduras problems down the right.
5' AN EARLY BOOKING
Carmona picks up a yellow card for a desperately late challenge on Sabillon.
2' STUNNING EFFORT!
Valdivia's dangerous run in the Honduras half is halted by Wilson Palacios. Fernandez has a go with the free-kick, and hits the roof of the net with a decent swerving effort.
1' KICK-OFF
The teams are in place, the anthems have been sung and Chile get the game underway.
0' THE LINE-UPS ARE IN
Chile are without star striker Humberto Suazo so start with both playmakers, Fernandez and Valdivia. Honduras manager Reinaldo Rueda has admitted that his team aren't in great shape, but promises they will give everything they can. David Suazo can only make the bench, while Nunez replaces the injured midfield stalwart Cesar de Leon.
0' APPROACHING KICK-OFF
Expectations are high about a Chile side who excelled in qualification, finishing second in South America behind Brazil. Incredibly attack-minded, their 4-3-3 system should - fingers crossed - provide some quality entertainment.
0' EARLY TEAM NEWS
The key to this match is the fitness of two strikers named Suazo. Humberto Suazo of Chile arrives at the tournament with a burgeoning reputation, while David Suazo of Honduras is key to his team's playing style. However, both have been struggling with injury problems in the build-up to the World Cup finals and it is unclear whether they will make it at this stage.
0' PREVIEW
After Brazil and North Korea gave the tournament a much-needed boost last night, it is the turn of Chile and Honduras to try and up the quality of a World Cup that has failed to spark into life so far. Although it's hardly a game that most neutrals will be salivating over, it will be no surprise if these two teams serve up a tasty encounter. The South Americans play some of the best passing football around and will have high hopes of reaching the last 16, while Honduras will give everything to the cause and are likely to be desperate to pick up a win to stand any realistic chance of making it out of the group stage.
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Teams
Honduras
(4-4-1-1)
Noel Valladares18
Sergio Mendoza23
Osman Chávez2
Maynor Figueroa3
Emilio Izaguirre21
Edgar Álvarez17
33' Wilson Palacios8
66' Amado Guevara20
Roger Espinoza13
78' Ramón Núñez7
60' Carlos Pavón9
Substitutes
Ricardo Canales1
Donis Escober22
Mauricio Sabillón16
Oscar Boniek García14
Víctor Bernárdez5
Johnny Palacios4
66' Hendry Thomas6
Danilo Turcios19
Jerry Palacios10
78' Walter Martínez15
60' Georgie Welcome12
David Suazo11
Chile
(4-3-3)
1Claudio Bravo
4Mauricio Isla
17Gary Medel
3Waldo Ponce
8Arturo Vidal 81'
20Rodrigo Millar 52'
6Carlos Carmona 4'
14Matías Fernández 19'
7Alexis Sánchez
10Jorge Valdivia 87'
15Jean Beausejour 34' 
Substitutes
12Miguel Pinto
23Luis Marín
18Gonzalo Jara 52'
5Pablo Contreras 81'
2Ismael Fuentes
21Rodrigo Tello
19Gonzalo Fierro
13Marco Estrada
11Mark González 87'
9Humberto Suazo
22Esteban Paredes
16Fabián Orellana
Team Stats
Honduras Chile
0 Goals 1
0 Assists 0
7 Shots 20
2 Shots on Goal 5
3 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
6 Crosses 25
4 Corner Kicks 6
2 Offsides 4
15 Fouls Committed 21
1 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
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Honduras
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
18N. Valladares - 0 0 1 3
2O. Chávez 0 0 0 - -
3M. Figueroa 0 0 0 - -
7R. Núñez 0 0 0 - -
8W. Palacios 0 1 0 - -
9C. Pavón 0 0 0 - -
13R. Espinoza 0 0 0 - -
17E. Álvarez 0 0 0 - -
20A. Guevara 0 0 0 - -
21E. Izaguirre 0 0 0 - -
23S. Mendoza 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
6H. Thomas 0 0 0 - -
12G. Welcome 0 0 0 - -
15W. Martínez 0 0 0 - -

Chile
No. Player G YC RC GA Svs
1C. Bravo - 0 0 0 1
3W. Ponce 0 0 0 - -
4M. Isla 0 0 0 - -
6C. Carmona 0 1 0 - -
7A. Sánchez 0 0 0 - -
8A. Vidal 0 0 0 - -
10J. Valdivia 0 0 0 - -
14M. Fernández 0 1 0 - -
15J. Beausejour 1 0 0 - -
17G. Medel 0 0 0 - -
20R. Millar 0 0 0 - -
Substitutes
5P. Contreras 0 0 0 - -
11M. González 0 0 0 - -
18G. Jara 0 0 0 - -
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Players
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GGoals
AstAssists
SHTSShots
SOGShots on Goal
CKCorner Kicks
CRCrosses
OffOffsides
FCFouls Committed
FSFouls Suffered
YCYellow Cards
RCRed Cards
GAGoals Against
SvsSaves
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