• Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

    Honduras looks forward, prepares for Ecuador

    Honduras' Carlo Costly in FIFA World Cup action against France at the Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

    PORTO FELIZ, Brazil – Following a 3-0 loss to France on Sunday, Honduras has turned the page and is focused on its next World Cup opponent, Ecuador.

    The Catrachos will face the South American side Friday in Curitiba with the hope of picking up a result and continuing the fight for a place in the second round.

    “We are committed to the country,” said forward Jerry Palacios, who did not play against the French.  “Many people expect that we will win and play well.  The truth is that the group is very strong.  We know that we have possibilities.  Six points are still up for grabs.  The match against Ecuador is going to be very important.”

    The history between Honduras and Ecuador is an interesting one as proven by the narrow statistical difference between them.  According to FIFA records, they have met 13 times, with the Ecuadorians holding a slight advantage in wins (3-2) and goals scored (14-13).  Eight of the encounters ended in draws.

    Palacios realizes that the stakes are higher this time around.

    “We are in a World Cup where all the matches are finals and we ask the people that they keep supporting us and having confidence in us,” commented the 32-year-old.  “We know that we can give more and against Ecuador we are going to show it.”

    Also adding to the intrigue is the fact that Ecuador is coached by Reinaldo Rueda, the same man who took Honduras to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Palacios, along with his brothers Johnny and Wilson, formed part of that squad.

    “I am always going to be grateful to him (Rueda),” the Alajuelense star expressed.  “He gave me the opportunity to be in [World Cup] 2010 after everything that happened.  We are the first family to have three members in a World Cup and it was thanks to him.”

     Honduras is still in search of its first-ever World Cup win after seven tries.  If it is to break that streak it will have to do so against the man greatly responsible for its recent successes.

     

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