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  • Beausejour (34)
  • Date:2010-06-16
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Attendance:32600
  • Referee:Maillet, E

Live Commentary

90mins

HONDURAS 0 - 1 CHILE: One goal does it for Chile, who looked far more comfortable than the scoreline suggests

90mins

Honduras have a late corner to try and shock the Chileans but they can't get a head to the ball and instead Chile break

90mins

Gonzalez finds the space for a couple of pot-shots from long range as three added minutes are announced

90mins

A half-chance for Welcome from 20 yards, which goes over the bar, will remind Chile that they can still draw this match if they're not careful

89mins

Ponce is given the chance to hit a free-kick from 40 yards but the wall does its job despite a powerful connection from the defender

87mins

Valdivia is given a well-earned rest as the left winger Mark Gonzalez comes on

86mins

Bravo does well to collect a low, front post Alvarez cross just ahead of Welcome

85mins

Honduras are starting to get frustrated as they just can't keep the ball enough to create some scoring chances

83mins

Another good chance from a free-kick as Medel wins the header but misses the target. He's offside anyway as it happens

81mins

Chile look like going to four at the back as defender Pablo Contreras comes on for midfielder Vidal, who has played his part well today

81mins

Udinese star Sanchez finds more space, this time centrally, but his shot from 20 yards doesn't test Valladares

79mins

A couple more runs from Sanchez down the right flank come to nothing as the final ball disappoints. The winger is again tormenting Figueroa

78mins

Honduras make their final change with Walter Martinez coming on for Nunez

77mins

The pressure continues with a free-kick on the left side, 40 yards out, which finds Carmona in the area but his header is deflected to Valladares

75mins

Disallowed goal for Chile as Sanchez handled the ball after Valladares palmed a 20 yard effort into his path. Surprisingly no yellow card for the Chilean

74mins

Sanchez works hard to win the ball back in the right corner before picking out Fernandez whose shot deflects away from goal

72mins

Valdivia looks to have been given a dead leg after jumping for a header and the forward is forced to limp off

70mins

Palacios tries to get Honduras going with a run inside from the left but is tackled and wins a corner which bounces off Ponce and falls kindly for Bravo to claim

69mins

A fine, last ditch tackle from Thomas robs Chile of a golden chance. Just as Sanchez was about the pull the trigger the sub slid in from the side and cleared

68mins

A good handball shout by Welcome in the Chile penalty area after a long ball from Figueroa but the referee shakes his head

66mins

Wigan's Hendry Thomas replaces Guevara as Honduras look to get back into this match before Chile score a second

64mins

Palacios concedes another free-kick on the left flank which for once creates a shot for Chile when Vidal headed back across for Ponce who was free at the far post but his diving header was brilliantly saved by Valladares

62mins

Almost a stunning solo effort for Sanchez, who skipped past one defender 25 yards out, burst into the penalty area but struck the ball poorly and wide of the far post

61mins

Figueroa continues to do better with Sanchez this half, tackling him this time inside the penalty area before the winger could get a shot off

60mins

The aging striker Pavon is replaced by the well named Georgie Welcome, another forward

58mins

A further chance for Fernandez to work on a set piece from the right flank and again the delivery is good but Honduras get there first. Good defending

57mins

Sanchez looked to have been fouled again, this time on the left of centre, just outside the penalty area, but the referee waves away his protests

56mins

Sanchez wins another free-kick on the right hand side which Fernandez swings in dangerously but Carrizo can't quite get enough of a head on the ball

54mins

Honduras have been trying to hold a higher line so far this half and press the ball further up the pitch but Chile have been too good with the ball so far

52mins

The games first substitution as Gonzalo Jara replaces Millar

52mins

More possession for Chile around the penalty area which finds its way through to Isla who shoots at Valladares but is a long way offside

51mins

Fernandez took the set piece short before swinging a dangerous ball in which Sanchez took two swings at before Mendoza and Pavon combine to block then clear

50mins

Chile do well to keep possession on the edge of the Honduras penalty area before Sanchez wins a corner after giving the ball away

48mins

It takes another good challenge, this time from Figueroa at the other end, to stop a similar attack with Beausejour down the Chilean right

47mins

A good chance for Honduras early on as Alvarez runs onto a ball but Medel wins his challenge on the edge of the box as appeals for a penalty are turned down

46mins

Chile restart the game here after coming out of their dressing room rather late, but no changes have been made

45mins

HONDURAS 0 - 1 CHILE: The corner tests Bravo again but Chile get the ball away far enough for the referee to blow for half time. An entertaining first half comes to an end

45mins

A decent hit from Nunez but straight at Bravo who pushes the ball over the bar for a corner

45mins

Emilio Izaguirre is fouled 30 yards from goal by Sanchez, tracking back with energy, winning a free-kick in a dangerous area

44mins

Rodrigo Millar finds Sanchez in far too much space 20 yards from goal and the winger cuts inside to shoot on his left foot but Figueroa blocks well

43mins

Valdivia this time plays the defence-splitting pace to Beausejour down the left but his low cross is cleared for a throw

41mins

Honduras are still struggling with the sheer number of Chilean players in their third of the pitch and must be considering making some changes at half time

39mins

Chile have, if anything, been given a boost of energy with that goal as Alvarez gets ran down trying to break before Nunez shoots over the bar under pressure from 25 yards

37mins

Valladares punches well from the resulting corner and takes a knock in the ribs for his troubles

36mins

That goal will hit Honduras hard as they look set up for a draw here. Some intent will have to be shown now but instead a Fernandez back-heel almost puts Valdivia through but Guevara tackles well

34mins

HONDURAS 0 - 1 CHILE: Fernandez at the heart of another move as a brilliant pass behind the defence finds Isla down the right who crosses into the six yard box where BEAUSEJOUR bundles the ball home

33mins

Palacios cuts a frustrated figure as the referee awards a mysterious yellow card for, apparently, persistent bad conduct

32mins

Chile win the ball back and send Sanchez away again but Figueroa ends his run this time, blocking him off without conceding a free-kick

32mins

Finally Sanchez finds some space on the right but Palacios tackles well and ignites a break down the Honduras left

31mins

Honduras seem to be pushing Chile onto their left flank, wary of the threat of Sanchez down the right, and Beausejour has yet to respond to the extra possession on his wing

29mins

Fernandez is becoming the focal point of Chilean attacks and his through-ball to Isla almost finds its intended target but Maynor Figueroa sticks out a leg to end the danger

27mins

Chile are still being given time to play the ball around in their own half before hitting a ball into Fernandez who can't turn through Palacios

25mins

More danger from Sanchez who ran to the byline in an attempt to find space before winning a corner. Fernandez finds a Chilean head this time but Vidal heads well over when he should at least hit the target from eight yards

24mins

A Honduras free kick in midfield is hit long for Pavon but the forward can't keep hold of the ball

22mins

The corner came out to Sanchez 20 yards out and sat up nicely but the Chilean miss-hit the shot and Valladares isn't tested

21mins

Ramon Nunez takes the set piece but Claudio Bravo comes and claims well before sending Sanchez on the counter-attack where he set up Valvidia for a shot that is deflected for a corner

20mins

Roger Espinoza was given far too much space to cut in from the right wing and hit a left footed shot that is deflected out for a corner

19mins

Referee Maillet is determined to clamp down on sliding tackles, showing his second yellow to Fernandez despite the Chilean winning the ball

18mins

A second corner from the right for Chile is put in deep where Gary Medel stretches but can't head towards goal. Honduras break quickly with Pavon but his shot from 25 yards skims wide

17mins

Honduras are holding a deep line here and conceding possession in midfield before fighting for it in the final third, much like the tactics of Ivory Coast yesterday

15mins

Finally Honduras find gaps of their own on the counter-attack but Roger Espinoza waited for support before over-hitting a deep cross. That space is there for Honduras though as Chile are charging forward

13mins

More gaps open up for Chile as Beausejour threads the ball through to Jorge Valdivia in the penalty area but the pass is heavy and Valdivia can't catch it in time

12mins

Sanchez though, seeing a lot of the ball, is crowded out and robbed of the ball by Honduras captain Amado Guevara who wins a free kick on the left wing

11mins

Chile will be buoyed by their early dominance and look likely to break through the Honduras back line, particularly through the pace of Alexis Sanchez on the right

9mins

Valladares is again tested with a Arturo Erasmo Vidal shot from all of 40 yards which swerved brutally in front of the Honduras keeper, causing him to drop his catch before claiming the ball at the second attempt

7mins

Carlos Alberto Pavon creates enough space to earn Honduras their first shooting chance but Mauricio Isla blocks the effort. Chile break quickly but a long ball is snuffed out by Valladares who rushes off his line to clear

6mins

Another rough tackle gives away a free kick in the right corner which causes a touch of panic in the penalty area before a snap shot from Jean Beausejour is hit straight at Noel Valladares

4mins

Carlos Carmona is an early victim of the new, harsher refereeing system as he earns a yellow card for a tough sliding tackle

4mins

More pressure from Chile with a corner on the right side, taken again by Fernandez who hit it deep where Palacios was waiting to head clear

3mins

Matias Fernandez struck it well with his right foot but the swerving, dipping effort didn't come down quick enough and merely ruffled the netting above the goal

3mins

We can be hopeful of a more exciting encounter than most over the past week, with Chile's attack intent. The favourites have an early chance with a central free-kick, 30 yards out

1mins

Honduras kick the match off and Chile have started, as expected, with an ultra-attacking 3-3-1-3

0mins

Chile are hoping to avoid extending their World Cup finals winless streak to 14 games today and have one of their most talented sides of recent decades, while Honduras are more limited and rely on Premier League star Wilson Palacios in midfield

0mins

Both teams have a player named Suazo out with injury today. Honduras will miss David Suazo, an Inter Milan forward, badly with few other options in attack, while Chile will suffer similarly without Humberto Suazo

0mins

Honduras and Chile get Group H underway in Nelspruit this lunchtime, a match that will be followed by the group favourites Spain against Switzerland


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Match Report

Chile won their first World Cup match since 1962, ending a 13-match winless run, with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Group H rivals Honduras.

Honduras were flattered by the scoreline in a match that was badly one-sided, as Chile showed plenty that will worry the two European nations in their group, Spain and Switzerland.

It didn't take long to see just how attacking Chile are as the South Americans adopted a 3-4-3 formation from kick-off, a system which was never under threat of attack from a Honduras team that set up deep, pressing the opposition only when they got within 40 yards of goal.

The potential for a counter-attack, with Chile often reduced to two at the back, was there for all to see and Honduras showed that the opportunity was there 18 minutes in where they drove downfield after a Chilean corner, only for Carlos Pavon to scuff his shot wide from 20 yards.

After half an hour though it was becoming increasingly clear that Honduras didn't have the ability to break on regular occasions and neither did they put in enough effort to close down playmaker Matias Fernandez.

Unsurprisingly chances started to come thick and fast, with Arturo Vidal heading a good Fernandez corner over after 25 minutes.

When Chile finally broke through after 34 minutes it was no surprise that Fernandez was at the heart of the move, playing a brilliant pass behind the defence which found Mauricio Isla down the right who crossed into the six-yard box, where Jean Beausejour had made a run to the front post.

The Mexican-based forward missed the ball with his first attempt but a ricochet off defender Sergio Mendoza hit him and found the corner of the net.

Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez was involved in almost every Chile attack except that goal and almost doubled the lead a minute before the interval, when he cut in from the right flank and fired a shot which was well blocked by the heavily-tested Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa.

Honduras pushed higher up the pitch in the second half but couldn't stop Sanchez and Chile. Waldo Ponce missed the best chance of the period when Vidal headed a Fernandez free-kick back across for him – he was free at the far post but his diving header was brilliantly saved by Noel Valladares.

In reality though Chile didn't need any great urgency as Honduras looked impotent in attack and failed to test goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Honduras

Chile

Corners

46

Fouls

1521

Goal attempts

Shots off target

312

Offsides

25

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