After months of preparation, the moment of truth has finally arrived for first-time finalists Honduras and serial candidates Spain. With nothing to lose, the Central Americans will be hoping to cause the first upset of Group C against a Spanish side that promises high-octane attacking football. One of the key questions ahead of the game is whether the Catrachos will be able to contain the explosive Bojan Krkic.
For Honduras, Ronald Martinez trained separately from the rest of the squad this week because of an ankle sprain and is doubtful for the game. Spain, meanwhile, spared Bojan Krkic double training sessions to allow him to recover from a knee strain, and the striker looks set to start on Sunday.
This will be the first meeting between the sides in this category. At other levels, Spain are unbeaten against the Central Americans, with two wins at the FIFA U-20 World Cup (3-1 and 3-0 in 1999 and 2005 respectively) and a 1-1 draw at the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™.
Honduras's last win in a FIFA youth tournament came 30 years ago at the inaugural FIFA U-20 World Cup in Tunisia in 1977, when they defeated Hungary 2-0 on 4 July.
"We're eagerly awaiting the first game and just want to get out there and start playing. We don't know much about Syria to be honest, nor do we know much about Argentina or Honduras. The idea is for us to impose our style of play on them, otherwise we'll struggle." Ignacio Camacho, Spain captain.
"This is our first experience in a U-17 World Cup and we will see how my kids respond psychologically. Aside for that, I have no fear. Spain will have to run much more than them to come on top," Miguel Escalante, Honduras coach.