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Honduras vs. Switzerland: Final Player Ratings

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Enner Valencia of Ecuador celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada on June 20, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Andrew GibneyFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2014

CONCACAF side Honduras take on Switzerland in the Arena Amazonia, Manaus, on Wednesday evening, with the European side hoping to secure qualification to the round of 16 with a victory.

Honduras are already bottom of the table, void of any points and only one goal to show for their efforts. Switzerland come off the back of being thumped 5-2 by France, but Ottmar Hitzfeld will have seen a few positives from their second half performance that they can hopefully build on.

The Swiss coach has already seen his side score four times at this World Cup and will be confident that his attack has the quality to fire their way past a defence that has conceded five times in two games.

Honduras will know that the Swiss could suffer some confidence issues after France ran rampant through their defence last Friday. Any doubts will be magnified if the Honduran attack start quickly and ask questions about the Swiss back-line.

Wilson Palacios is available after his red card against France and is expected to replace Jorge Claros in the midfield. Anderlecht winger Andy Najar could also start.

After the injury to Steven von Bergen against France, Hitzfeld will need to decide between Philippe Senderos and Fabian Schaer to partner Johan Djourou.

Honduras can still qualify if they beat Switzerland and France beat Ecuador, as long as there's a minimum four-goal swing in favour of the Central American side.

For Switzerland, they need to better Ecuador's result against France, and will be hoping Les Bleus are as deadly as they were last week.

Honduras Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-timeFull-Time
Valladares55
Beckeles55
Bernardez55
Figueroa56
B Garcia66
J Garcia55
W Palacios56
Claros66
Espinoza55
Costly55
Bengston55
SubstitutesHalf-TimeFull-Time
J Palacios56
ChavezN/A7
NajarN/A5
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Switzerland Player Ratings
Starting XIHalf-TimeFull-Time
Benaglio56
Lichtsteiner55
Djourou66
Schaer67
Rodriguez66
Behrami56
Inler66
Mehmedi55
Xhaka56
Shaqiri89
Drmic67
SubstitutesHalf-TimeFull-Time
SeferovicN/A6
LangN/A6
DzemailiN/A5
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Honduras

Noel Valladares - No chance for any of the goals. Defence left him high and dry.

Brayan Beckeles - Made some good runs down the right, but didn't defend well at all.

Victor Bernardez - Sluggish and slow and continually caught out.

Maynor Figueroa - Trying to play the ball out from the back, but a lack of options in front.

Juan Carlos Garcia - Attacking from full-back, quiet second-half.

Oscar Boniek Garcia - Linked up well with Beckeles on the right, came off in the second-half.

W Palacios - Commanding presence without a lot of quality to control the midfield.

Jorge Claros - Fairly solid game without really impressing.

Roger Espinoza - Poor half, removed at half-time.

Jerry Bengtson - Quiet game, failed to get on the ball in the right areas.

Carlo Costly - Sadly substituted in the first half due to injury.

Subs

Jerry Palacios - Had a couple of half chances, maybe should have won a penalty.

Marvin Chavez - Was motivated for the second period. Looked willing and able when on the ball.

Andy Najar - Didn't get on the ball enough to make an impact.

 

Switzerland

Diego Benaglio - Took a knock from his own player, made a couple of saves at important times.

Stephan Lichtsteiner - Quiet game, didn't get forward very often.

Johan Djourou - Looked the weaker of the two centre backs.

Fabian Schaer - Strong, composed, positioning was very good.

Ricardo Rodriguez - Had to make some saving tackles. Wasn't as effective as in previous games.

Gokhan Inler - Tried to push the team forward when he could.

Valon Behrami - Not had a lot to do, but protected the defence well when he is asked to.

Granit Xhaka - Some nice runs, better second half, still not influential.

Xherdan Shaqiri -  Hat-trick hero, great performance by the midfielder.

Admir Mehmedi - Not been in the game at all. Surprised he lasted the whole game.

Josip Drmic - Had a very good game, ran all game, set-up Shaqiri for his goals.

Subs

Haris Seferovic - Game was over when he came on, wasn't really involved.

Michael Lang - Came on to protect the defence. Did well.

Blerim Dzemaili - Used to waste time nothing more.

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