HON 1 – 2 ECU: One of my favourite games in the World Cup so far. Two unfancied sides who both lost their opening fixture and so decided to implement cavalier tactics to go all out for the win. What a hugely captivating game of football in the atmospheric Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. Honduras were the better side in the first half and looked dangerous when in and around the Ecuador box. Jorge Claros put in a tremendous shift and ensured Honduras dominated possession whilst also creating the better of the chances. The lively Carlo Costly finally put the Hondurans ahead with a drilled left foot strike from 20 yards that beat Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez. Honduras threatened to extend their lead just before the break and ended up paying for not taking their chance. Ecuador were much improved in the second period and the insatiable Enner Valencia hit a terrific brace to send his country into the final game against France with all to play for. It was cruel on Honduras who have never won a game at the World Cup. They certainly did not deserve to go away empty handed from tonight’s game. However, all teams are still alive going into the final fixtures and if Honduras beat Switzerland they could may very well progress. But that is a big ask. Ecuador’s relief at the final whistle was obvious – emotional scenes on and off the pitch for a country that has suffered much on the international football scene recently. It will be tough for them to overcome a mouthwatering French side in fantastic form but in Enner Valencia they have a hero to put their hopes upon.