World Cup, Day Three: Honduras 1-0 Tunisia (D)

Honduras won their first-ever game at a World Cup with a solid defensive display in a tight game against Tunisia today in Rostov, with their all-time top goalscorer Jerry Bengtson firing home the only goal of the game early in the second half.

Honduras dominated the first-half, restricting Tunisia to just one wayward shot from distance over the course of 45 minutes while applying pressure themselves, though with little reward. Roger Espinoza came closest to breaking the stalemate in the 43rd minute when his 30 yard free-kick clipped the bar on its way over.

Just 85 seconds after the break, Honduras took the lead that they’d not lose. Andy Najar’s tenacity brought the ball forward from the middle where he found Anthony Lozano whose first-time through-ball was perfectly weighted for Bengtson to collect and slot past Mathlouthi.

Aymen Abennour’s thundering header for Tunisia hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down on the line before being belted clear by a sprinting Milton Gutiérrez® who injured himself colliding with the post and was carried off clutching his ribs.

Honduras weathered a brief Tunisian storm but never truly looked like conceding, with Jonny Palacios a rock at centre-back for the side ranked 52nd in the world. Honduras play Russia in Moscow on Saturday, while Tunisia face England on Saturday evening.

                    FIFA WORLD CUP: GROUP D
                     HONDURAS 1-0 TUNISIA
                  Bengtson 47

                     Palacios     Abdennour