Re-Cap of the Honduras vs Fiji Game
What was supposed to be a historic game for the Honduras U-20 National Team at the New Zealand U20 World Cup qualifiers, ended up being a humiliating loss by Honduras to Fiji by a score of 0 -3. After errors committed by the defense and the Goalie the chances of Honduras making history and moving on to the next round are now slim to none as they will face a very strong and confident Germany on Saturday. Only a win vs Germany will allow the team to make history.
First-half goals by Fiji against the Honduran U-20 team; within five minutes of each other from Ratu Waranaivalu and Saula Waqa gave Fiji a surprise 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Fiji extended their lead with a third right on the brink of half time when an Atonio Tuivuna header from a corner was deflected past Cristian Hernandez to give the Fijians a surprising 3-0 lead at the break.
Honduras, who had beaten Uzbekistan 4-3 in their opening encounter, did everything but score in the second half, and were denied several times by the post and some superb saves from close range by Misiwani Nairube.
If the Honduras U-20 National Team can defeat Fiji at the Christchurch stadium on Thursday, June 4th 2015 they will claim a place in the FIFA History books; as they compete for a place in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Honduras has never progressed past the group stages in all five appearances at the U-20 tournament, however, the Honduran National Team is off to a good start so far by defeating Uzbekistan 4-3 in an entertaining spectacle on Monday at AMI Stadium.
It was a vital victory for Honduras, with the winner of that game set to finish second in Group F behind Germany. If Honduras can beat Fiji, who are playing in their first Fifa World Cup tournament of any kind, they will have accumulated six points and a place in the final 16 round.
Honduras is considered to be the favorite as Fiji started off the championship rounds with a disappointing and humiliating 8-1 loss to Germany in Christchurch on Monday, While Honduras coach Jorge Jimenez is delighted to have opened the tournament with a win.
“[Monday] was like a final, and we prepared in that way. It was a great effort, but we want to make history at this tournament,” he said. “We played against a really strong team. I was really pleased with the performance of the team.”
Since the inaugural Fifa world U-20 championship in 1977, Honduras has only won three games prior to Monday. Honduran Forward Bryan Rochez – who plays for Orlando City in the MLS – was one of the heroes, scoring twice in the win over Uzbekistan.
In the other soccer match taking place in Christchurch on Thursday Germany will play vs Uzbekistan.
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