Latics midfielder loving life in Brazil as Honduras face crunch match with Ecuador.
Roger Espinoza has described the experience at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil as a ‘dream come true’.
The Honduran midfielder featured in Los Catrachos’ 3-0 defeat to France last week as former Latic Wilson Palacios was dismissed on a difficult evening for Espinoza’s side.
However, despite the tough first game, Espinoza says the experience of playing a World Cup in South America with the support of the crowd has been fantastic.
“It’s absolutely unbelievable,” the 27-year-old said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in a World Cup in Brazil and the people here have been great.
“Obviously we had a tough first game against France and having the man sent off, as well as conceding a penalty, made the game even tougher for us.
“Our fans have been excellent and the Brazilian fans got behind us too which made the experience special, it’s a dream come true.”
Espinoza’s side face Ecuador on Friday evening knowing that if they avoid defeat they would take their chances of qualification into the last game of Group E.
And the Latics midfielder says he expects a tough physical game against a similar side who bizarrely are managed by former Honduras boss Reinaldo Rueva whilst Espinoza’s current boss, Luis Fernando Suarez, used to manage the Ecuadorians.
“It’s going to be a tough game because Ecuador are similar to us as they are physically and tactically strong,” he added.
“We know what to expect really because their coach was our coach and our coach used to be their coach.
“It’s a game we really need to win to keep our qualification hopes alive and I think it will be a case of who wants it more on the night.”
Looking back to before the World Cup started, Espinoza spoke about the friendly with England in Miami and the weather that interrupted the match midway through the first-half.
“Yes, that was crazy,” Espinoza explained. “The English or Honduran players didn’t want to go back out with the weather as it was.
“We needed to stay off for safety issues and when we got back on it turned out to be a good game.”