|Stadium||Arena da Amazônia|
|Noel Valladares (c)|
Juan Carlos García
Gökhan Inler (c)
Ottmar Hitzfeld will have to delay his retirement party after a Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick enabled Switzerland to coast through to the knockout stages.
Hitzfeld has made no secret of the fact that will he quit after this tournament, at the age of 65, but his team will now face Argentina on Tuesday with confidence restored.
Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri collected three excellent goals to secure second place in Group E and ensure Der General has the chance to add a memorable footnote to his outstanding cv.
The German has won the Champions League and countless Bundesliga titles but his insistence Switzerland would reach the round of 16 had appeared under threat before this stroll. Indeed, Switzerland’s ranking of sixth in the world had seemed ridiculous during the resounding defeat by France yet this result was never in doubt.
Their sixth-minute opener was exquisite. Shaqiri, believed to be a target for Liverpool, was surrounded by Honduran defenders 25 yards out but curled a brilliant shot into the top corner to reinvigorate the hopes of his country.
The 22-year-old was finding it too easy in the stifling heat of Manaus and doubled their advantage shortly after the half hour, taking a perfectly weighted pass from Josip Drmic to advance and coolly beat Noel Valladares.
Honduras had scored their first World Cup goal in the previous game against Ecuador but the loss of Carlo Costly, the history maker, with an injury left them even more devoid of what little threat they possessed.
The South Americans did present more of problems in the second period, as desperation kicked in, but just could not test Diego Benaglio, the Switzerland goalkeeper.
Switzerland always looked likely to score again, with Shaqiri driving in a third 19 minutes from time as the Honduras defence crumbled.
Honduras have still never won at the World Cup and coach Luis Fernando Suarez resigned shortly after the game.