World Cup pre-game: Spain vs. Honduras

Honduras meets Spain Monday in a crucial Group G game for a pair of nations who dropped their opening matches at the FIFA World Cup (CBC,, 2pm ET).

Day 11, Match 3

Spain versus Honduras, Group H.

Date and Location

June 21, Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg.

Broadcast details

Live on CBC and (2 p.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.

Rogers pre-game show

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

What's at stake

Honduras dropped a 1-0 decision to Chile in its opening match, while Spain lost by a similar scoreline against Switzerland.

A loss essentially eliminates the loser of this game from the knockout stages.

For Spain, one of the co-favourites to win it all heading into the tournament, this is unacceptable. And worse, they'll be facing a hungry Honduras side that is still looking for its first World Cup win in history.

Suspension watch

Midfielder Wilson Palacios earned a yellow card in Honduras's previous match. If he receives another against Spain, he will be suspended for his country's final game of the group stage.

No Spanish player has been cautioned at this tournament.

Player to watch for Spain

Fernando Torres — The Liverpool striker is absolutely deadly with the ball at his feet in the penalty area and is one of the elite few who can completely change the complexion of the game on his own, as was seen when he was subbed on against Switzerland. But will he be healthy enough to start? .

Player to watch for Honduras

David Suazo — He missed Honduras's loss to Chile thanks to a thigh problem, so the Inter Milan striker with impeccable timing and a keen eye for goal will be chomping at the bit to open his World Cup account.

Key matchup

Xavi Hernandez versus Wilson Palacios — If the last game was any indication, Spain will control the lion's share of possession, with Xavi pulling the strings in midfield. If Honduras wants to compound the Spaniards' misery, its bruising defensive midfielder Palacios would do well to contain the Barcelona dynamo.

Spanish perspective

"We need to take it step by step. Without doubt the game against Honduras is crucial because there is no margin for error." — midfielder Xabi Alonso

Honduran perspective

"We know that Spain are favourites thanks to their status on the international stage, but we've come to the World Cup to make history, not just to make up the numbers." — defender Sergio Mendoza

World Cup head-to-head

  • Games played: 1.
  • Spain: 0 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw.
  • Honduras: 0 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws.
  • Goals: Spain 1, Honduras 1
  • Last match: In their only meeting in international play, host Spain and Honduras drew 1-1 in their opening group match of the 1982 World Cup, as Hector Zelaya put Honduras in front seven minutes in and Roberto Lopez Ufarte replied with a penalty in the 65th minute.