Switzerland power past Honduras 3-0

Switzerland's Granit Xhaka (left) is challenged by Hondruas defender Juan Carlos Garcia during their Group E match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus.
Switzerland's Granit Xhaka (left) is challenged by Hondruas defender Juan Carlos Garcia during their Group E match at the Amazonia arena in Manaus.
Switzerland's Josip Drmic (top) fights for the ball with Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Switzerland's Josip Drmic (top) fights for the ball with Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri fires his second goal past Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri fires his second goal past Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
Jerry Bengtson of Honduras (right) watches as his shot is cleared off the line by Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.
Jerry Bengtson of Honduras (right) watches as his shot is cleared off the line by Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez.
Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez falls into the net after clearing a shot by Jerry Bengston off the line.
Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez falls into the net after clearing a shot by Jerry Bengston off the line.
Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri acknowledges the fans after his country's 3-0 victory over Honduras.
Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri acknowledges the fans after his country's 3-0 victory over Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba (centre) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Cristian Noboa (right) during their 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro.
France's Paul Pogba (centre) fights for the ball with Ecuador's Cristian Noboa (right) during their 0-0 draw in Rio de Janeiro.
Walter Ayovi of Ecuador reacts after a 0-0 draw with France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Walter Ayovi of Ecuador reacts after a 0-0 draw with France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Ecuador's Walter Ayovi fights for the ball with France's Moussa Sissoko (right) during their Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Ecuador's Walter Ayovi fights for the ball with France's Moussa Sissoko (right) during their Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Oscar Bagui of Ecuador controls the ball against Loic Remy of France during their Group E World Cup match.
Oscar Bagui of Ecuador controls the ball against Loic Remy of France during their Group E World Cup match.
France's Olivier Giroud (second right) reacts after missing a chance to score against Ecuador at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
France's Olivier Giroud (second right) reacts after missing a chance to score against Ecuador at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Felipe Caicedo of Ecuador challenges Laurent Koscielny of France during their World Cup Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Felipe Caicedo of Ecuador challenges Laurent Koscielny of France during their World Cup Group E match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Enner Valencia (No 13) of Ecuador celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Enner Valencia (No 13) of Ecuador celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal against Honduras at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carlo Costly of Honduras celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Carlo Costly of Honduras celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Group E match between Honduras and Ecuador at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia celebrates after scoring a goal past goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E football match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia celebrates after scoring a goal past goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras during their 2014 World Cup Group E football match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia comes up with a novel way to celebrate after scoring a goal against Honduras.
Ecuador's Enner Valencia comes up with a novel way to celebrate after scoring a goal against Honduras.
Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras controls the ball past Antonio Valencia of Ecuador during their clash at the World Cup.
Juan Carlos Garcia of Honduras controls the ball past Antonio Valencia of Ecuador during their clash at the World Cup.
A French fan approaches France's Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye after their 2014 World Cup Group E match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil.
A French fan approaches France's Mathieu Valbuena and Yohan Cabaye after their 2014 World Cup Group E match against Switzerland at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, Brazil.

France's Karim Benzema (left) watches as Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri falls to the ground in front of him as they fight for the ball during their World Cup clash.
France's Karim Benzema (left) watches as Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri falls to the ground in front of him as they fight for the ball during their World Cup clash.
France's Olivier Giroud (top) celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena their team's victory over Switzerland.
France's Olivier Giroud (top) celebrates with teammate Mathieu Valbuena their team's victory over Switzerland.
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland fights off Mathieu Debuchy of France during the Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland fights off Mathieu Debuchy of France during the Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
Karim Benzema of France celebrates a goal that came after the referee had blown full time during his side's win over Switzerland in Salvador, Brazil.
Karim Benzema of France celebrates a goal that came after the referee had blown full time during his side's win over Switzerland in Salvador, Brazil.
France's Karim Benzema shoots to score during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
France's Karim Benzema shoots to score during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
France's Blaise Matuidi tries to score a goal during their Group E match against Honduras.
France's Blaise Matuidi tries to score a goal during their Group E match against Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba falls near teammate Antoine Griezmann after being fouled by Wilson Palacios of Honduras.
France's Paul Pogba falls near teammate Antoine Griezmann after being fouled by Wilson Palacios of Honduras.
Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras scores an own goal, France's second, as he fumbles the ball over the line during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras scores an own goal, France's second, as he fumbles the ball over the line during the Group E match between France and Honduras.
Roger Espinoza and Oscar Boniek Garcia of Honduras protest France's second goal.
Roger Espinoza and Oscar Boniek Garcia of Honduras protest France's second goal.
A general view as the teams line up prior to the Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio.
A general view as the teams line up prior to the Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio.
A Switzerland fan arrives at the National stadium to watch his team play Ecuador.
A Switzerland fan arrives at the National stadium to watch his team play Ecuador.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou and Stephan Lichtsteinerf ight for the ball with Ecuador's Jefferson Montero.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou and Stephan Lichtsteinerf ight for the ball with Ecuador's Jefferson Montero.
Switzerland's Haris Seferovic (9) celebrates his goal against Ecuador with his teammates
Switzerland's Haris Seferovic (9) celebrates his goal against Ecuador with his teammates
Gokhan Inler of Switzerland controls the ball against Juan Carlos Paredes of Ecuador.
Gokhan Inler of Switzerland controls the ball against Juan Carlos Paredes of Ecuador.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou fights for the ball with Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo.
Switzerland's Johan Djourou fights for the ball with Ecuador's Felipe Caicedo.
Fans of Ecuador cheer before the start of the Group E match against Switzerland.
Fans of Ecuador cheer before the start of the Group E match against Switzerland.

Switzerland powered into the World Cup knockout stages as Group E runners-up and will play Argentina for a quarterfinal berth after a superb Xherdan Shaqiri hat-trick gave them a 3-0 win over Honduras this morning.

Honduras finished bottom of the group with three defeats in as many games.

Kosovo-born forward Shaqiri enjoyed a memorable match as he linked up brilliantly with striker Josip Drmic, who replaced Haris Seferovic in the starting lineup.

Having missed an early sitter, Shaqiri unleashed a sixth-minute thunderbolt into the top left corner and then steered the ball past keeper Noel Valladares on the half-hour mark after he was released by Drmic.

Roared on by chants of ''Go Suisse'' from their fans in the Amazonia arena, where humidity reached 88 per cent coupled with a temperature of 26 degrees, the Swiss proved too hot to handle for their modest rivals.

EASY WIN: Swiss players celebrate their comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras in Manaus.
EASY WIN: Swiss players celebrate their comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras in Manaus.

Valladares twice denied Drmic in the closing stages of the first half, which produced one-way traffic with Honduras failing to muster a meaningful attempt at goal.

The Hondurans, cheered by most neutral fans, were more purposeful early in the second half and nearly pulled one back when Swiss defender Ricardo Rodriguez cleared Jerry Bengtson's shot off the line.

It was a wake-up call for the Swiss and Shaqiri came close to adding a third, forcing another good save from Valladares before Honduras had a penalty claim waved away after Jerry Palacios went down under a challenge from Johan Djourou.

Spurred by Mexican waves on the terraces, Honduras threw men forward and were caught cold in the 71st minute, when Drmic's good work down the left flank presented Shaqiri with a simple tap-in.  

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Reuters