How the Honduran aggression will help them in Brazil

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Steven Gerrard labelled Honduras's tackling as "horrific" in Saturday's friendly, but the tenacity will serve them well at the World Cup.

La Bicolor frustrated England in Miami on Saturday, and the 0-0 scoreline will please coach Luis Fernando Suarez who will hope to see Honduras claim their first win at a World Cup this summer.

Last night saw both sides play their final friendly before the tournament begins in less than a week, but it was far from a friendly occasion and Honduras managed to frustrate the Three Lions with their aggressive approach to the game.

Referee Ricardo Salazar had a busy night for what was meant to be a relatively calm occasion as he had to pause the game midway through the first half because of a storm over Miami, before issuing seven yellow cards and one red.

Gerrard criticised the performance of the referee and explained how Honduras' approach to the game left England frustrated.

"We thought the referee was poor, we’re quite frustrated in the dressing room because they were committing some stupid fouls.

“There was no rhythm so we're frustrated, if relieved at no injuries. I thought there were some horrific tackles for a friendly. I got caught with a bad one. I don't understand the referee when the ball is being kicked into a player’s chest. That should have been a straight red card, and with 10 men it could have been different.”

Gerrard was referring to the incident in which Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre kicked the ball against Daniel Sturridge's chest from very close range, but only picked up a yellow card.

Honduras did eventually see a red card as Brayan Beckeles was sent off for crashing a trailing arm against the back of Leighton Baines head.

The tenacity displayed may not be the most enjoyable to watch, but Honduras did not lose the game, and few would have given them a chance prior to kick-off.

The squad work hard for one and other and if they can frustrate the likes of France, Switzerland and Ecuador this month then they will be in with a chance of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition.

Goal-scoring will be an issue, but just winning one game will be enough to get the entire nation celebrating, and through their aggression and commitment to the cause Honduras are not to be underestimated.

 

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