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WC update

Posted on 25 June 2010  - 12:00

Wilson Palacios and Heurelho Gomes complete the group stages of the World Cup today with Honduras and Brazil.

Wilson Palacios and Heurelho Gomes complete the group stages of the World Cup today with Honduras and Brazil.

Our all-action midfielder Wilson - who could yet play with his brothers Jerry and Johnny and therefore create World Cup history - will line-up for Honduras against Switzerland in Bloemfontein in Group H.

Honduras are clinging onto hopes that they can still progress but it would mean Chile having to beat Spain and Honduras racking up a good win against Switzerland. Spain face Chile in Pretoria, both matches kick-off at 7.30pm.

Honduras have lost against Spain and Chile so far and coach Reinaldo Rueda said: "What has happened is rather sad. We have never lost two matches like this before. We have been unable to showcase our skills.

"I want the players to show that just being in the tournament is not enough. There are huge expectations in Honduras. This is a matter of honour and we have a chance to restore our dignity."

Heurelho Gomes is likely to be on the bench again as Brazil face Portugal in Durban this afternoon.

Brazil are already into the knockout stage and Portugal should join them - it would take a heavy defeat and for Ivory Coast to run up a big win against North Korea for that to change.

Meanwhile, Sebastien Bassong didn't get the point he and Cameroon craved as they bowed out of the tournament with a 2-1 defeat against Holland.

Indeed, Seb predicted some changes and he was on the bench in Cape Town. Benoit Assou-Ekotto started and created a good chance for Jean Makoun, who headed over.

Robin van Persie opened the scoring in the first half, Samuel Eto'o levelled from the spot just after the hour and Klaas Jan Huntelaar won it for the Dutch with eight minutes left.

We've pictures of Benoit in action last night at the top of the page...