Occasional soccer enthusiasts must still be clicking into World Cup websites, finding Spain's first match result: Spain 0-1 Switzerland, and emailing to complain about the mistake. The result was as improbable as the impotence with which the Spanish passed the ball around in front of the Swiss defense, but here we are at match two with Spain having to beat Honduras to keep itself in the Group H running.
Far greater obstacles have been overcome than Honduras, of course. It will defend with at least as much dedication, but is running a little lower in the accomplishment stakes. This match pits the World Cup's beat passing side against its worst. What I'm saying is: if Spain doesn't win this, the earth will spin off its axis and -- Spain is going to win this.
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