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Honduras vs. Ecuador: Final Player Ratings

Honduras' Roger Espinoza, right, battles for the ball with Ecuador's Walter Ayovi during the group E World Cup soccer match at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Michael Sohn/Associated Press
Anthony LopopoloFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2014

Carlo Costly scored the first goal in a World Cup for Honduras since 1982, but Ecuador equalized through Enner Valencia minutes later. It was a typical sequence in a manic game between two sides that need to win to stay alive in Group E.

Honduras are the only team from the CONCACAF region to lose a game in this World Cup so far. The squad was easily the most timid of a strong bunch from the Americas. To continue the Americas' strong play, Honduras will have to beat Ecuador, who lost a heartbreaker against Switzerland. 

Both Honduras and Ecuador lost their opening matches. 

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Honduras Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time ratingsFull-time ratings
Carlos Gruezo6
Gabriel Achilier6
Edison Mendez6

Valladares: made a single save and he was beaten on his near post for the goal
Beckeles: strong on and off the ball
Bernardez: No. 5 allowed the ball to roll through the box
Figueroa: made a tackle worthy of a yellow
Izaguirre: doing nicely on the flank; made a key goal-saving interception but sloppy early on
Garcia: held off several challenges 
Garrido: quiet so far but sturdy 
Claros: has read the game well
Espinoza: distributing the ball all over the field; mobile through the middle
Costly: scored the crucial opener; prevented Honduras from setting a World Cup record for the longest scoreless streak
Bengtson: scored but ruled offside; tough to mark

Ecuador Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time ratingsFull-time ratings
W. Ayovi67
A. Valencia65
E. Valencia78
Mario Martinez6
Marvin Chavez6
Juan Carlos Garcia6

Dominguez: made some tough saves, especially off a late and powerful free-kick
Paredes: mobile on the right flank, creating chances
Guagua: failed to mark his player in the box, an error that led to the goal
Erazo: unimpressive so far
W. Ayovi: mobile and tricking opposition defenders; taking charge of free-kicks
Noboa: hit the wall with an early set piece
Minda: made a few challenges; stable enough
A. Valencia: unimpressive so far; unable to use his pace
Montero: isolated and sloppy on the ball
Caicedo: static up front; needs to get more involved
E. Valencia: scored the equalizer after missing the net on a great chance on a break

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