France (0-0) Ecuador

Why Ecuador is Rooting for Honduras (UPDATE: France In, Ecuador Out)


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Ecuador needs some stellar play - and help from Honduras - to advance.

UPDATE: France and Ecuador played to a 0-0 draw, meaning France advances to the Round of 16. Ecuador, who needed to win or Honduras to beat Switzerland, got neither, and are heading home.

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With two wins, France is all but through to the Round of 16 – there’s only a .2% chance that they won’t advance. Ecuador’s future is far less certain: if they beat France, they’re in. If they lose to France, they can still move forward – as long as Honduras beats Switzerland. There’s even one scenario where – if Honduras and France win – Honduras, Ecuador, and Switzerland could all tie for second place in Group E. With teams this close, this is sure to be an exciting end to Group E play. The action kicks off at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

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Switzerland (3-0) Honduras

Why the Swiss are Rooting for France (UPDATE: Swiss Win & Advance)


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France beat Switzerland 5-2. Now, the Swiss are counting on the French to win.

UPDATE: Switzerland secured it’s spot in the knockout stage with a 3-0 win over Honduras, who are out of the tournament.

Just as France is all but in to the Round of 16, Honduras is all but out – there’s a chance they could advance, but the scenario is very complicated, and the likelihood is slim. However, the prospect of advancing is much more realistic for Switzerland: if they beat or tie Honduras, and France beats Ecuador, they’re in. See if the Swiss can make it at 4 PM ET (8 PM UTC).

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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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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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