Emilio Izaguirre’s World Cup ended on a sour note with him being left out of the team altogether, after reportedly having a disagreement with the Honduran manager, Luis Suarez. Emilio was taken off at half time against Ecuador and widespread reports say that he was angry and frustrated at being subbed, saying that his manager doesn’t know what he’s doing. Although this has yet to be confirmed, it is a disappointing ending to a poor World Cup campaign for Izaguirre and his country, who finished bottom of group E tonight.
It was a fairly routine performance for the Swiss in Manaus, and it didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken, Xherdan Shaqiri scoring after just six minutes to give the Swiss the lead, as they needed to win and hope that Ecuador failed to beat France to qualify from the group. Switzerland’s win was proved to be inevitable after Shaqiri scored his second on the half hour mark. Poor defending proved costly as Drmic was able to run freely and square the ball with ease to Bayern’s young starlet. Perhaps Honduras needed….well perhaps they needed Izaguirre at the back. The Hondurans were perhaps unlucky to have not been awarded a penalty in the second half as Jerry Palacios was seemingly brought down and any lasting hope of a first point in a World Cup game, out of a possible 27, was soon extinguished as Shaqiri netted his hatrick with Drmic earning himself another assist.
With Ecuador only drawing to France, Switzerland qualify for the last sixteen again and are rewarded with a match against Argentina and Lionel Messi, as if you didn’t already know. Something for the Swiss to look forward too, but not so good news for the Hondurans, who will probably catch the next flight home, and deservedly so. Emilio would probably like to cherish the limited experience he has had playing in Brazil, but will remember it with a sense of bitterness I’m sure. No doubt he’ll be looking forward to meeting his new club manager and will be preparing himself for European and domestic success again….hopefully!