Thank God for Chile!

by Michael Somerville

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Chile 1
Honduras 0

An impressive Chile defeated Honduras with ease as they arrived at the World Cup with a deserved win.

Esteban Paredes gave the game a needed good start, hitting a rasping 25 yard free kick that was just about covered by keeper Honduras Valladares. Much talked about right sided attacking midfielder Alexis Sanchez looked lively throughout; contributing to a lively start with some excellent direct wing play. However, the game soon slunk into the disappointing stop-start rhythm that we’ve almost come to expect from this years World Cup.

Honduras did attempt to provide some competition to the game as they tried to ambush Chile on the counter-attack with their main threat coming from their right winger Alvarez. Spurs star Wilson Palacios wasn’t quite imposing himself in the midfield as some may have hoped, but brother Jonny Palacios was ready to enter the fray if his brother didn’t deliver.

Chile deservedly took the lead just after half an hour with a slightly fortuitous goal through striker Jean Beausjour. Chile were severely testing Honduras whenever they rampaged forward with slick and assured interplay. Here was a World Cup team showing some confidence- and didn’t we need it!

Chile are 40/1 to win the World Cup- extremely good odds for such a talented team.

Honduras should have had a penalty after Edgar Alvarez was brought down by Gary Medel in the penalty. Unbelievably, the referee looked to his assistant, who was 70 yards away, to make his decision for him. So far the referee had given yellow cards for clean tackles, a bizarre yellow to Palacios and has ignored Maynor Figueroa obvious hand ball in the penalty box.

The brilliantly named Waldo Ponce missed a sitter after horribly dallying when Arturo Vidal had done all the hard work in heading the ball across the face of goal, but Ponce’s (pronounced Pon-ce) was saved by keeper Bravo.

Chili could and should have added at least a second, and will be more than happy to start their campaign with a win.

They were impressive today, but they will face more difficult teams than this.

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  • Dave

    I think you’ll find that it was more Honduras playing badly than Chile playing well. The goal they scored had an element of fortune to it although I concede that luck is certainly an ally when trying to win games. The Switzerland result will have Chile on tenterhooks now, especially since Spain need to win their two remaining games to stay alive.

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