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World Cup: Honduras 0-3 Switzerland

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World Cup 2014: Honduras 0-3 Switzerland highlights

A hat-trick from Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri saw Switzerland beat Honduras to set up a tie with Argentina in the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup.

The Swiss took an early lead as Shaqiri scored with a fine 25-yard strike, before he twice converted Josip Drmic passes to make it 3-0.

Xherdan Shaqiri graphic

Jerry Bengtson had the best chance for Honduras but his shot was cleared off the line by defender Ricardo Rodriguez.

Honduras finished bottom of Group E with three defeats from three matches.

And their 54-year-old coach Luis Fernando Suarez resigned after the defeat by the Swiss, saying change was "necessary for the benefit of the Honduran team".

Shaqiri, who can play on the left wing or through the middle, was the difference between the sides with his first World Cup goals.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Manchester United reported to be interested in signing him, and impressed with his clinical finishing.

Switzerland, ranked sixth in the world and the top-seeded team in the group, began the day in third, but needed to win and hope Ecuador failed to beat France.

With the South Americans only managing to draw 0-0 in Rio, that left an opportunity for Ottmar Hitzfeld's team to move into the last 16 for the third time in six tournaments.

After losing 5-2 to France in their last match, Switzerland produced a better performance in Manaus and went ahead with Shaqiri's sixth-minute opener.

Three Honduras defenders backed off as he cut in from the right, allowing him space to curl an effort past Noel Valladares.

Xherdan Shaqiri
Xherdan Shaqiri became the second man to score a hat-trick in the 2014 World Cup, after Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller netted three times for Germany against Portugal

The game looked to be over after 30 minutes when poor defending from Honduras allowed Drmic to collect Gokhan Inler's ball from defence and square it for an unmarked Shaqiri, who converted calmly.

From then on, Switzerland's hopes were resting on events at the Maracana, but Ecuador's failure to match their result means the Swiss advance to face Argentina in the second round in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.

However, Honduras have now failed to win any of their nine World Cup matches in three separate tournaments.

The tough-tackling Central American side struggled on a pitch that was cutting up even inside the opening 10 minutes at Arena Amazonia on a night when humidity was measured at 88%.

Wigan's Juan Carlos Garcia dragged a shot wide and Brayan Beckeles also missed when well placed in the Hondurans' only notable efforts of the opening 45 minutes.

But they produced a greater threat after the break and Bengtson was unlucky as he took the ball around goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, only to shoot against Rodriguez.

Suarez's side were then denied a penalty when substitute Jerry Palacios was bundled over by Johan Djourou, and any faint hopes they may have had ended when Shaqiri scored his third in the 71st minute.

He collected another Drmic pass and finished past Valladares to complete his treble and set up a match against Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Honduras v Switzerland match facts
Switzerland scored more than one goal in the first half of a World Cup match for the first time since 1966
The two sides met in a World Cup group match in 2010 and it ended 0-0 on that occasion
Honduras have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five World Cup matches

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez, who announced he had resigned, said: "I am not satisfied by what we achieved at the World Cup.

"The team will have good results in the future, but someone can replace me. I am sad I didn't manage to fulfil the mission they entrusted me with.

"I'm going to go on with my career. I still have a lot of will to work and do things for soccer. I will be always be connected and listening to news about Honduras and always try to help them."

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said: "Not only did we play a strong team but we played against the weather.

"The players showed the right attitude and will and we surpassed ourselves. Passion comes from suffering and we really suffered.

"Whenever you reach the second round it is a great motivation and we are highly motivated. We are going to write history.

"We do have a chance, even against Argentina. It is going to be a match where we have nothing to lose."

Switzerland striker Xherdan Shaqiri: "I wanted to show we could play soccer and that's what we did. I played very well and I'm happy about that and proud of the team."

Xherdan Shaqiri
Josip Drmic (left) and Xherdan Shaqiri linked up for two of Switzerland's goals against Honduras
Switzerland fans
Switzerland have reached the World Cup quarter-finals on three occasions - in 1934, 1938 and 1954
Honduras v Switzerland
Switzerland's Valon Behrami challenges Honduras and Wigan midfielder Roger Espinoza
Xherdan Shaqiri
Shaqiri (grounded) opened the scoring for Switzerland in the sixth minute
Honduras
Honduras have lost all three of their matches at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil

Line-ups

Honduras

  • 18Valladares
  • 21Beckeles
  • 6García
  • 8Palacios
  • 5Bernárdez
  • 3Figueroa
  • 14GarcíaSubstituted forNajarat 77'minutes
  • 20Claros
  • 13CostlySubstituted forPalaciosat 40'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 11Bengtson
  • 15EspinozaSubstituted forChávezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1López
  • 2Chávez
  • 4Montes
  • 7Izaguirre
  • 9Palacios
  • 10Martínez
  • 12Delgado
  • 16Martínez
  • 17Najar
  • 19Garrido
  • 22Escober
  • 23Chávez

Switzerland

  • 1Benaglio
  • 2Lichtsteiner
  • 13Rodriguez
  • 8Inler
  • 22Schär
  • 20Djourou
  • 10XhakaSubstituted forLangat 77'minutes
  • 11Behrami
  • 19DrmicSubstituted forSeferovicat 73'minutes
  • 23ShaqiriSubstituted forDzemailiat 87'minutes
  • 18Mehmedi

Substitutes

  • 3Ziegler
  • 4Senderos
  • 6Lang
  • 7Barnetta
  • 9Seferovic
  • 12Sommer
  • 14Stocker
  • 15Dzemaili
  • 16Fernandes
  • 17Gavranovic
  • 21Bürki
Referee:
Néstor Pitana
Attendance:
40,322

Match Stats

Home TeamHondurasAway TeamSwitzerland
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Honduras 0, Switzerland 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Honduras 0, Switzerland 3.

Andy Najar (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Valon Behrami (Switzerland).

Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jorge Claros.

Corner, Honduras. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Lang (Switzerland).

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland).

Jerry Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Valon Behrami (Switzerland).

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Blerim Dzemaili replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

Offside, Switzerland. Admir Mehmedi tries a through ball, but Ricardo Rodriguez is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Gökhan Inler (Switzerland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Attempt saved. Admir Mehmedi (Switzerland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Lang with a cross.

Corner, Honduras. Conceded by Diego Benaglio.

Attempt saved. Jerry Bengtson (Honduras) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marvin Chávez with a cross.

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

Attempt saved. Andy Najar (Honduras) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jerry Palacios.

Substitution

Substitution, Honduras. Andy Najar replaces Óscar García.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Michael Lang replaces Granit Xhaka.

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Óscar García with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marvin Chávez (Honduras) because of an injury.

Corner, Honduras. Conceded by Johan Djourou.

Attempt blocked. Jorge Claros (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Óscar García.

Substitution

Substitution, Switzerland. Haris Seferovic replaces Josip Drmic.

Goal!

Goal! Honduras 0, Switzerland 3. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josip Drmic following a fast break.

Corner, Honduras. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

Attempt blocked. Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Valon Behrami.

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Jerry Palacios (Honduras) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Fabian Schär (Switzerland) because of an injury.

Foul by Jerry Palacios (Honduras).

Fabian Schär (Switzerland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Honduras. Conceded by Fabian Schär.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil32107257
2Mexico32104137
3Croatia31026603
4Cameroon300319-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands330010379
2Chile32015326
3Spain310247-33
4Australia300339-60

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia33009279
2Greece311124-24
3Ivory Coast310245-13
4Japan301226-41

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica32104137
2Uruguay32014406
3Italy310223-13
4England301224-21

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32108267
2Switzerland32017616
3Ecuador31113304
4Honduras300318-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina33006339
2Nigeria31113304
3Bos-Herze31024403
4Iran301214-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany21106244
2USA21104314
3Ghana201134-11
4Portugal201126-41

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium22003126
2Algeria21015413
3Russia201112-11
4South Korea201135-21
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