Pre-game: Honduras vs. Chile
Day 6, Match 1
Honduras vs. Chile, Group H
Date and Location
June 16, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (7 a.m. ET). Consult CBC’s full broadcast schedule
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.
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.
"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
"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.