Ecuador (2-1) Honduras

Honduras vs. Ecuador: The Case of the Coach Swap (UPDATE: Rueda Leads Ecuador to Victory)


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Suarez and Rueda embrace in 2012.

UPDATE: This year, it looks like Reinaldo Rueda might be leading Ecuador to the second round. After beating Honduras 2-1, Ecuador is in second place in Group E; Honduras, meanwhile, is in last place, having yet to win a match at the 2014 Cup.

Teams don’t get much more intertwined than Honduras and Ecuador, who have met 14 times in competition. This is perhaps most apparent with their coaches. In 2006, Luis Fernando Suarez led Ecuador to the second round of the World Cup, while Reinaldo Rueda coached Honduras in the 2010 World Cup.

This year, they’ve switched: Suarez is the coach for Honduras, and Rueda coaches Ecuador.

How will Suarez and Rueda do against their former teams? Find out at 6 PM ET (10 PM UTC).

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France (5-2) Switzerland

France vs. Switzerland: Swiss Say French are Favorites (UPDATE: And They Are)


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Switzerland during their first round win over Ecuador.

UPDATE: The Swiss were right: the French were clearly the favorites, walking away with a 5-2 victory and the top spot in Group E.

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Who are the favorites to win the Group E match between France and Switzerland. Depends on who you ask.

As AFP reports:

Sixth-placed Switzerland are 11 places higher than France according to FIFA’s rankings, but insist those standings mean nothing.

“Favorites? You like that word in France, eh?” Switzerland central defender Steve von Bergen said. “It is France who are the favorites.”

Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont, who celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday, said 1998 World Cup-winners France have the upper hand.

See who comes out on top at 3 PM ET (7 PM UTC).

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Red Card for Goal Line Technology?

Tech Bug Sends Goal Line Programmers Scrambling

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Honduras players argue with referee Sandro Ricci from Brazil after Honduras’ goalkeeper Noel Valladares’ own goal during the Group E World Cup match between France and Honduras in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

 

According to Reuters, computer programmers in Brazil are rushing to avoid a repeat of the mixed signals sent out to viewers by soccer’s new goal line technology during Sunday’s World Cup Group E between France and Honduras.

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Honduras Looks to Take France (sans Ribery) Down a Notch

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The pugnacious Hondurans will be looking to capitalize on the absence of injured French playmaker Franck Ribery as they try to punch above their weight and bring France down a few notches. French coach Didier Deschamps gave a sober cautionary note ahead of the match, telling reporters about the Hondurans: “They are aggressive and know how to defend…”

France, meanwhile, is looking to re-invigorate its World Cup image after its tumultuous showing in South Africa in 2010, when players, including star striker Nicolas Anelka, revolted against French manager Raymond Domenech. Anelka was kicked off the team and Les Bleus ultimately left that tournament with their tails between their legs.

Group E’s other two contenders begin their opening gambits at 3 p.m. USEDT (7 p.m. GMT) today in Porto Alegre.

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Group E Is In The House!

Swiss Battle Ecuador

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Ecuador, which sits in the perennial shadow of the South American giants Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, had its qualifying run made easier by the automatic inclusion of Brazil in the tournament (by virtue of it being the host nation). But it still had to squeak by Uruguay to make it in.

Meanwhile, Switzerland’s  23-man squad had a strong push into the tournament, though as the BBC reports, its qualifying bracket (consisting of Iceland, Slovenia, Norway, Albania and Cyprus) wasn’t exactly top tier competition. The Beeb also notes that the diversity of the Swiss squad is an interesting counterpoint to the immigration debate roiling the country in recent months. Swiss boss Ottmar Hitzfield is quoted as saying: “Without immigrants, we would not have a team.”

The two Group E contenders face off at 12 p.m. USEDT (4 p.m. GMT) today in Brasilia.

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