June 24, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Roger Espinoza and Honduras are set to play their final group match of the 2014 World Cup, facing Switzerland at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Arena Amazônia in Manaus. Honduras is not eliminated from the knockout stage, but it will take a lot for “Los Catrachos” to move on, needing a number of goals against the Swiss – something that’s been tough for the country to do to this point.
Honduras scored their first goal at the World Cup since 1982 in its last match vs. Ecuador when Carlo Costly buried a shot pass Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez in the 31st minute. However, Enner Valencia of Ecuador scored moments later following a deflection before Honduras could recover. At half, the score was tied 1-1.
Valencia gave Ecuador a 2-1 advantage with a header during the 65th minute. Espinoza, who helped lead Ohio State the College Cup during the 2007 campaign, had a few quality chances at goal to tie the score at 2-2, however, they fell short, including a left-footed shot that was blocked from 18 yards out by the Ecuador defense during the 78th minute. Espinoza, who is currently a member of Wigan Athletic FC, has played in 43 international games, scoring four international goals.
Although Honduras might not advance to the knockout stage, a win against Switzerland would be monumental for the country that has yet to leave a World Cup final victorious.