Germany scored three second-half goals for a 3-1 win over Honduras to keep alive their hopes at Nigeria 2009. For the Central Americans the result confirmed the end of their campaign, which concludes without earning a point in a group also containing Argentina and hosts Nigeria.
Needing a win, the European heavyweights came out of the blocks fast in Abuja, dominating early possesion and much of the first half. The best opening saw Christopher Buchtmann get on the end of a nice cross from the left, but Florian Trinks' header came back off the crossbar midway through the half.
Trinks was at it again a few minutes later with a strong shot forcing a good save from Harold Fonseca. The scoring finally looked set to commence in the shadows of half-time but Matthias Zimmermann's effort from 16 metres was deflected and miraculously stayed out.
After largely dominating the first half, the Germans were rocked as Honduras opened the second half by scoring their first goal of the tournament. Captain Antony Lozano claimed that particular honour just two minutes after the break, by showing good speed to burst past two defenders before firing a well-struck shot across goal into the far corner past goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
Honduran dreams proved shortlived though as Lennart Thy grabbed a quickfire brace, first with a header from a Trinks free-kick, and then with a smart finish from 16 metres. Kevin Volland sealed the points with a strike 17 minutes from time exchanging passes with Thy to checkmate the defence. The result sees Germany finish third (still alive but facing a nervous wait to see other results) behind Nigeria and Argentina, while Honduras bid farewell to Nigeria 2009.