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Suarez has given hope to Los Catrachos

HONDURAS

Honduras arrive in Brazil on a journey of rejuvenation four years on from their appearance in South Africa. Their 2010 campaign ended in disappointment, failing to win a single game or score a goal, but the appointment of Luis Fernando Suarez in March 2011 accelerated an upward trajectory for the national side.

After a respectable quarter-final appearance at the 2012 London Olympics, Honduras blended a mix of youth and experience for the CONCACAF qualifiers.

They topped round three in preliminary qualifying ahead of Panama and in round four, easily made it to Brazil by finishing third, four points ahead of Mexico.

Their home form saw them claim the scalps of both the United States and Costa Rica, who finished first and second respectively, while a 2-2 draw at home to Mexico was earned by goals from Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengtson (above) in the space of three second-half minutes.

The most famous result for Honduras, though, came in the return fixture.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Bengtson and Costly again struck, and incredibly, again did it in the space of three second-half minutes, which earned Honduras a historic win.

The defeat was only the second at home for Mexico in 78World Cup qualifying matches.

Such results will give Honduras confidence when coming up against Group E opponents Switzerland, France and Ecuador, but they will have to do something their country did not manage in 1982 or 2010 – win a match.