Among the favourites going into the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009, Germany surely never contemplated the ignominy of a group-stage exit. After inconsistent displays against Nigeria and Argentina, the Mannschaft need to beat Honduras and then hope that other results go in their favour. The CONCACAF outfit, for their part, still have a theoretical chance of qualifying, though their main objective will be to record their first ever point, or indeed points, in the history of the competition.
Group A was always going to be a tough one with three pre- tournament favourites drawn together in the same section. The likelyhood was that at least one of the the big names will go out before the knockout stage, with Germany currently looking the most likely candidate. In any other circumstances a game against Honduras would be a fairly routine three points, but Marco Pezzaiuoli's squad are racked with doubts after dominating both Nigeria and Argentina only to let victory slip on each occasion.
Honduras too looked impressive in their opening two matches but currently sit bottom of the group after two defeats. The Catrachos no longer have their fate in their own hands in terms of qualifying, but would dearly love to go out clutching their first-ever points at this competition. They are of course facing the European champions, so this will be no walk in the park.
3 - Germany have played three times against CONCACAF opponents at FIFA U-17 World Cups in the past and each time emerged victorious: 3-0 over Canada in China in 1985, then 5-0 against Trinidad and Tobago and 2-1 against USA, both in 2007. Will they make it four in a row against Honduras?
"We absolutely have to beat Honduras and hope then that other results go our way. Until we are mathematically out of contention, our goal remains the same - to win the tournament." Reinhold Yabo, Germany midfielder
"Our match against Germany will be like a final and that in itself is a historic moment for a country like Honduras. We're not going to go out there feeling like we've already lost the match though - we're looking to win it." Eugenio Umanzor, Honduras coach