Emilio Izaguirre played for Honduras only for the first half last night as they went a goal up, only to lose 2-1 to Ecuador. It was a high tempo affair that could have gone either way and Honduras scored the opener through Costly, which gave them their first World Cup goal since 1982, sending the Honduran fans into raptures. Enner Valencia scored twice though to give Ecuador retained hope over qualification out of the group, and to leave Honduran hopes hanging by a thread.
Emilio played well again but seemed fatigued for much of the first half, not having too much to do going forward. Honduras started the game with a deep defensive line as the nerves were clear for all to see, which was understandable with what was at stake. His vision and execution of cross-field balls was excellent again for the short time he was playing, with Honduras utilizing it superbly. His defensive positioning and general play was to be questioned though as the pace of the Ecuador sometimes left him for dead with Ecuador looking dangerous on the wing and putting plenty of crosses into the box. He’s been one of the standout players for Honduras in the group but would be disappointed to have only played the one half last night.
The loss leaves Luis Suarez’s men bottom of the group and leaves hopes of qualification faint, however, just as he said after the game, the nation can be proud of itself for it’s participation and their general performances. Emilio can be pleased with his performances and will look to play some part in their final group game against Switzerland, and of course we’re all excited to see him in the green and white again.