Full-time - 90'
0 - 1
11:30 +00:00, June 16, 2010
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa
Referee: Eddy Maillet
You can read our full report of Chile's win over Honduras and our highlights of the match.
As for Honduras. Well, they will do very well to get a point at this World Cup having played like that. Admittedly they were missing the injured Suazo in attack, but with Spain also in Group H Honduras could be in for a torrid campaign.
Ultimately Chile were wasteful in attack but they will go into Monday's clash with Switzerland full of confidence after a strong performance.
Chile's Alexis Sanchez was at the heart of everything that was good about Chile today and is certainly a player to watch at this World Cup.
And Chile should have hammered Honduras today.
He brings to an end the most one-sided match of this World Cup since Germany hammered Australia.
And the referee blows for full-time.
Honduras force a late corner and their renewed hope is short lived as Chile clear for the last time.
I'm not sure 30 would be enough for Honduras.
We will have 3 additional minutes in Nelspruit...
Welcome crafts some space for himself on the edge of the box after cutting inside from the right, but his left foot shot flies wide.
Fernandez's control lets him down at the crucial moment as Chile let another chance slip through their fingers.
Honduras should just hit long balls up to Martinez at this point. Their final ball is just abysmal so they ditch the passing game.
ESPN Stats & Info: Arturo Vidal finished with 101 touches, as of now the highest total on the pitch. Alexis Sanchez is second with 74. Seven Chilean players have more touches than Honduras's leader (Emilio Izaguirre, 51).
Substitute Walter Martinez is putting himself about for Honduras. But the referee doesn't like the way in which he's doing it.
Honduras have got less than 10 minutes to find an equaliser. They've got to have a shot on goal first, mind.
SUB: Contreras for Vidal (Chile)
Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares and Chile's Jorge Valdivia fight for the ball.
SUB: Martinez for Nunez (Honduras)
Chile have a goal disallowed. Sanchez is adjudged to have handballed it, and it certainly did. Fernandez tapped the ball into the back of the net but he was clearly set up by the hand of Sanchez, who should have been booked for that.
Fernandez and Sanchez combine again for Chile but their inability to finish and close this game out could come back to haunt them.
Figueroa saves Honduras yet again! A crucial last ditch tackle denies Fernandez who was just about to pull the trigger from about ten yards. Honduras are living very, very dangerously.
Honduras' captain, Guevara, is replaced.
SUB: Thomas for Guevara (Honduras)
Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal kicks the ball past Honduras' midfielder Edgar Alvarez
What a save! Valladares keeps Honduras in the game with a fantastic save from Carrizo. To be fair, Carrizo should definitely score as he finds himself 3 yards out and sends his header directly into Valladares' arms. But it's a very good save nonetheless.
Chile really need to make this dominance pay...
Great chance for Chile! Another chance goes begging for Chile as Sanchez drags his shot wide of the left post after surging into the box with great purpose.
Figueroa comes to Honduras' rescue again with a timely block from Beausejour's shot inside the box. Chile are still dominating this but if Honduras can hang in there they can do a New Zealand.
SUB: Welcome for Pavon.
The brilliantly named Georgie Welcome is being prepared on the touchline for Honduras.
Palacios is already on a booking...
Sanchez is down after clashing with Palacios on the edge of the box. Palacios has clearly tripped Sanchez and the referee is standing just 5 metres away.
Sanchez has been a thorn in Honduras' side today and he wins a free kick in a dangerous area on the right...
It's unclear if Millar was injured or whether that is an early tactical change by Chile. Not sure why they would want to change their tactics.
SUB: Jara for Rodrigo Millar (Chile)
Chile celebrate their opening goal of the World cup
Honduras eventually hack it clear in far from convincing fashion.
Sanchez, who looks a very handy player, forces an early Chile corner in this half...
At the other end, Figueroa makes a crucial last ditch challenge. The second half has started with a bang in Nelspruit.
Medel almost gives away a penalty after a minute of the second half! He appeared to just get a toe on the ball ahead of Alvarez, but it was a very close call.
John Brewin was relegated to the subs' bench by the Brazilian media at Ellis Park last night. But it gave him the chance to get a different viewpoint among the photographers.
Chile are now shooting from left to right.
The referee Eddy Maillet, from the Seychelles, gets the second half underway.
Beausejour puts Chile 1-0 up.
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And as soon as the corner was whipped in, the half time whistle is blown.
Great effort! Nunez's free kick is tipped over the bar for a corner. That was close.
Honduras enjoy some rare possession in Chile territory and they've won a free kick just shy of 30 yards out. This could be their best chance of a goal...
Blocked by the HAND of Figueroa, should I say. Legitimate penalty claim for Chile there.
The stats are doing all the work for me today. Chile are the superior team by a long, long way. Sanchez bursts into the box this time and his shot is blocked by Figueroa.
ESPN Stats & Info: Chile have had ten touches in the opposition's penalty area, while Honduras have zero.
ESPN Stats & Info: Chile are undefeated, with seven wins and three draws, at the World Cup when scoring the first goal.
Nunez watches a left-footed effort fly over. Chile have reduced Honduras to shooting from distance already.
ESPN Stats & Info: Chile's 68% possession is currently the highest in their World Cup history (previous high - 61% versus Algeria in 1982)
No more than Chile deserve. Their one-touch football is proving too much for Honduras.
GOAL It's a lovely goal for Chile. Spain would have been proud of that. Sanchez was fed down the right and his pull back was tucked in neatly by Beausejour.
But he does show Wilson Palacios a yellow card for next to nothing. I'm concerned for this ref.
YELLOW CARD: Palacios (Honduras)
Unbelievable. The referee having dished out 2 very soft yellow cards doesn't even blow for a foul after Figueroa takes out Sanchez.
Rodrigo Millar fights for the ball with Carlos Pavon
Fernandez is in the thick of it again, but this time he commits a foul. Already on a yellow, with this apparently card-happy referee he better watch it.
Fernandez tries to find Vidal for Chile but the referee gets in the way. Despite an unsuccessful, but elegant skip out of the way.
But Vidal somehow misses a free header. Chile need to make their dominance pay sooner or later, Honduras are no mugs on the break.
Chile win yet another corner. Sanchez looks menacing...
The vuvuzela choir have a conductor! Rather than the constant din, it's more of a rhythmic pulse today. Still annoying.
It's end to end stuff here. Valdivia forces a Chile corner after his shot looped over off the back of Izaguirre.
Honduras have forced a corner...
But Chile already have 2 players on yellows...
Fernandez must have said something to the referee there because I have no explanation for that booking whatsover.
YELLOW CARD: Fernandez (Chile)
Pavon is gifted possession 25 yards out and shoots early rather than taking the time to compose himself. Bit of a waste by the Honduran attacker.
Honduras seem to be playing a counter-attack tactic and they do look decent on the break. Mendoza's pass was intercepted on this occasion though.
Honduras enjoying some decent possession, and they too look good on the ball. The final cross from Espinoza was overhit from the left though.
Chile look very comfortable so far, knocking the ball around with real confidence at the moment. They get forward again, but Sanchez's through pass is too far ahead of Beausejour.
ESPN Stats & Info: Carlos Carmona's yellow card in the fourth minute was the earliest booking in a game so far in South Africa.
These Jabulanis are a goalkeeper's nightmare.
Vidal shoots from a very long way out for Chile and the Honduras goalkeeper Valladares almost has a Robert Green moment, fumbling the shot.
Good, open, start to this game though. We are due a cracker in this tournament, hopefully this is it.
Nunez has Honduras' first effort on goal from 20 yards. His shot is charged down.
Honduras struggling to find their feet in the early stages.
Vidal has an effort for Chile from the edge of the box. Saved.
Early, rather unnecessary, yellow card shown to Carmona for a trip on Alvarez. Harsh.
YELLOW CARD: Carmona (Chile)
Chile keeping up the early pressure with their first corner...
Fantastic effort by Fernandez! Fernandez had a dig from the free kick from all of 30 yards and the ball was just inches over the bar. Early warning to Honduras.
I'm sure that's not the first time I'll be saying that.
Chile win an early free kick. The Spurs man, Wilson Palacios, conceding it.
ESPN Stats & Info: Chile haven't won a World Cup match since 1962 but they did advance to the knockout stage in 1998, thanks to three consecutive draws in the group stage.
Chile, in red shirts and navy blue shorts and socks, shoot from right to left.
We are underway in Nelspruit. Honduras, in all white, kick us off.
The anthems are over and unfortunately there were no tears like last night. We are moments from kick off...
The Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit is unsurprisingly far from full but there is still a big turn-out of Chile and Honduras fans, who are in good spirits as the national anthems play out.
It's another beautiful day in South Africa, sunny and warm.
Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda: "The team is not at its best right now but we will kick off he tournament with everything we've got. You will see a team that is serious, dedicated and concentrating. We just hope we can live up to what we have planned and prepared and we can start this dream with a victory."
This Chile's first World Cup match since 1998 whereas, Honduras haven't featured at the tournament since 1982.
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Chile cruised through World Cup qualifying, finishing second behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL region, and great things are expected as they start their campaign against Honduras.
Honduras captain Amado Guevara and coach Reinaldo Ruena face the press.