Pre-game: Honduras vs. Chile

Chile and Honduras sqiare off in the opening game of Group H at the World Cup on Wednesday in Nelspruit, South Africa (CBC,, 7 am ET).

Day 6, Match 1

Honduras vs. Chile, Group H

Date and Location

June 16, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (7 a.m. ET). Consult CBC’s full broadcast schedule

Rogers Pre-game Show

Watch the Rogers Pre-game show 30 minutes before kick-off as our panel of soccer experts provide up-to-the-minute news from South Africa on this match.

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What's at stake

The pressure is coming early for Chile and Honduras — with the Swiss in poor form heading into the tournament, this game will likely decide who advances along with Spain, which will make for a fantastic match since both teams are attack first, defence later squads.

Injuries and suspensions

Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios will be fit for the game despite suffering a recent leg muscle injury scare.

Player to watch for Chile

Alexis Sanchez — Dubbed The Boy Wonder, the 21-year-old Udinese winger is the fulcrum of Chile's attack thanks to his guile and searing pace. He scored three goals in qualifying while setting up many of the 32 Chile netted on the way to the World Cup.

Player to watch for Honduras

Amado Guevara — The much-loved (and reviled) midfielder is the captain and heart of the Honduran team, and the most experienced player on the side with 130 caps to his credit. Toronto FC fans will remember the 34-year-old's vision and passing ability, which will be crucial to Honduras's plight in South Africa.

Key matchup

Alex Sanchez vs. Amado Guevara — With an entertaining, attacking match expected, the game will come down to which playmaker can carve up the opposing defence more: Guevara from the Honduras midfield, or Sanchez on the Chilean wing.

Chilean perspective

"We respect [Spain], but without fear. Just the same as we respect Honduras and Switzerland, as both these teams count on excellent players. Honduras for example have David Suazo, an outstanding player who shines in Europe. They also have players playing in England and other European countries." — Coach Marcelo Bielsa

Honduran perspective

"I think there are circumstances and we are working to improve them. The goals will come when they come. The important thing is the hard work of the group, which is being consolidated. People should be calm and realize that things are improving." — Striker David Suazo

World Cup head to head

This will be the first time the two sides face each other at the World Cup.

All-time head to head

Games played: 5

Chile: 3 wins, 2 losses, 0 draws

Honduras: 2 wins, 3 losses, 0 draws

Goals: Chile 11, Honduras 10

Last match: Honduras defeated Chile 2-0 during a friendly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 18, 2009.