It’s up for grabs, now. This evening’s match between France and Switzerland is unlikely to beaten for absolute, utter insanity, but this was a result which did both Honduras and Ecuador a favour. Switzerland dropping points and conceding goals was exactly what those two nations needed. So, can these two teams come anywhere near to matching the madness that France and Switzerland managed? Join Mark Murphy and Terry Duffelen at eleven to find out!
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And no doubt Enner Valencia will be the subject of some ill conceived bids from European clubs.
FULL TIME. An earthy but hugely enjoyable game draws to a close. Enner Valencia is the toast of Curitiba.
Antonio Valencia with an illegal charge down, he lays it off to Enner Valencia but is goal is chalked off.
Both teams have played with such abandon in this game. This is both refreshing and frustrating as an England fan.
If Boniek Garcia’s name has a ring of familiarity, it is because he is named after the great Polish player Zbigniew Boniek.
According to his Wikipedia profile, Enner Valencia scored 18 goals in 23 games for Pachuca in the Mexican first division. This guy is clearly a goal machine.
GOAL! Enner Valencia’s header via a set piece from Ayoví.
Another disallowed goal. This time it was Espinoza who was off for his assist to Costly.
Bengtson gets a deflected shot which Dominguez just keeps out. That could have been awkward for the Ecuador ‘keeper.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Dixon reckons that “somebody’s got to put their foot on the ball at some point.”
I think that the ITV pundits are, understandably, not grasping the fact that everyone back home is kicking back with a few beers and enjoying the game for what it is.
Yep, sorry it was Bengtson. I’m always getting those two mixed up..
Honduras have had a disallowed goal on the stroke of half time. Costly I think heads the ball off the post from an offside position and Bernárdez handballs in into the net.
Paredes does a superb job winning the ball back and goes charging down the wing. Then he is cleaned out by Figueroa in spectacular fashion.
Dixon is praising Valencia’s optimism and movement.
It’s 1-1 with Enner Valencia. The ball somehow finds its way to the far post and he was there for a tap in.
Honduras with a Costly opener! 1-0.
This is a cracking game. No one can shoot straight but it’s not stopping them from trying.
Oh my. Enner Valencia is free on goal from a long ball but shoots over the bar.
Costly seems to be the most active for Honduras and he seems to be affecting a tooth pick. Lee Dixon is quite preoccupied by it.
While we’re waiting for the next shot on goal or act of violence, let’s listen to some sound effects from the 1954 Godzilla film. You know, because of the dinosaurs.
Bernárdez gets the first yellow after 6 minutes. Neither of these teams are messing around.
Boom. A cross from Costly into the danger area but Dominguez is equal to it.
This is from Crystal Palace Park. It’s what the Victorians thought was a dinosaur.
Three seconds into the match and there’s already been a foul. This game is going to be a classic.
I would, at this juncture like to express a growing irritation with pre-match huddles.
In the event of dinosaurs, I hope they are Cretaceous as that is my favourite pre-asteroid period.
Ahoy ‘hoy. This is my first late game of the World Cup and I’m oddly looking forward to getting behind the tournament’s bad guys, Honduras. I’ve always had a soft spot for them since 1982.