Wasteful Chile beats Honduras only 1-0

09:46, June 17, 2010      

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Chile, who finished second behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL region, were wasteful in attack in their World Cup Group H opener here on Wednesday, only edging minnows Honduras 1-0.

"I think we deserved to win, though we should have scored more goals," said Bielsa, coach of Chile. "We'll try to win the next game because the objective is to pass to the next round and start writing new records."

"Now we have to knuckle down and improve for the coming matches against Spain and Switzerland," said Alexis Mendoza, assisting coach of Honduras, as their coach Reinaldo Rueda had been suspended by FIFA.

"It is not a good start, but their goal was somewhat fortuitous," Mendoza added.

In the 34th minute, Chilean midfielder Jorge Valdivia threaded the ball behind the back of the defence to teammate Mauricio Isla, whose cut-back was bundled home by forward Jean Beausejour.

Both teams did not play in a conservative way. Attackings and counter-attackings were full of the game. Chile looked superior in pace and composure.

Only two minutes into the game, Fernandez warned Honduras with a superb free kick from all of 30 yards and the ball was just inches over the bar.

In the 61st minute, another chance went begging for Chile as Sanchez dragged his shot wide of the left post after surging into the box with great purpose.

In the 64th minute, keeper Noel Valladares kept Honduras in the game with a fantastic save from Carrizo. To be fair, Carrizo should definitely score as he found himself three yards out and sent his header directly into Valladares' arms.

On 80 minutes, Figueroa saved Honduras with a crucial last ditch tackle against Fernandez who was just about to pull the trigger from about ten yards.

Honduras' best chance came in the 45th minute when midfielder Ramon Nunez unleased a curling freekick which was tipped over by Chilean skipper Claudio Bravo.

Chile's Sanchez was a thorn in Honduras' side. He was at the heart of everything that was good about Chile today and is certainly a player to watch at this World Cup.

"We're very happy, and we have to enjoy this triumph," Sanchez said. "But we have to move ahead and win the game against our next rival."

Today's duel was the most one-sided matches of this World Cup since Germany hammered Australia 4-0. But the dominating Chile squandered too many chances to only finish with a 1-0 victory.

"Thank God, Honduras did not come back to level matters but it is true we should have been out of sight," said Sanchez.

This was Chile's first World Cup match since 1998. Honduras haven't featured at the tournament since 1982.

Source: Xinhua

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