Honduras are all but out of the FIFA U-20 World Cup after losing 5-1 to Germany at the Christchurch Stadium. The European champions endured the odd nervy moment but were ultimately comfortable winners in a match that maintained their 100 per cent record at New Zealand 2015, and served to take Senegal through as one of the best third-placed sides. Honduras could still theoretically advance but would require Hungary to beat Nigeria by an unlikely nine-goal margin.
Having lost to Fiji, the Hondurans always knew that it would be a tall order to revive their hopes against the tournament's highest scorers. They also couldn't have wished for a worse start, with Germany moving in front inside two minutes. Carlos Moncada was the villain, crudely bringing down Levin Oztunali to concede a penalty, and Marc Stendera dispatched the kick with precision and aplomb, sending the keeper the wrong way.
It was to the Central Americans' credit, though, that at no stage did they raise the white flag or cease in their attempts to put pressure on the Germany goal. They caused plenty of problems, in fact, and were level just 17 minutes later. Bryan Rochez, the team's star player, climbed well to meet a Kevin Lopez cross and though his header cracked against the post, it rebounded back into the net off the back of the diving Marvin Schwabe.
Rochez almost scored again soon after, narrowly missing with an impressive volley, but normal service was restored on the half-hour mark when Germany retook the lead. Stendera was the architect with a great through ball and Julian Brandt responded with a lovely finish, casually lofting the ball over the advancing Roberto Lopez and into the roof of the net.
Germany were rarely at their brilliant best but they had more than enough to make sure of the win and all but secured the points four minutes into the second half. Hany Mukhtar provided the tournament's latest goal direct from a free-kick, although this one owed a great deal to luck, with a wicked deflection off Jose Escalante deceiving the luckless Lopez.
The Germans then moved out of sight 12 minutes later when Grischa Proemel found the bottom corner with a low and accurate side-foot effort from 20 yards. And Honduras's misery was completed nine minutes from time when Nicklas Stark rounded off the scoring, prodding home from close range at a corner after Kevin Akpoguma had flicked the ball on at the near post.