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World Cup: Luis Fernando Suarez says Honduras will keep fighting despite 2-1 loss to Ecuador

Last Updated: 21/06/14 10:44am

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Luis Fernando Suarez says Honduras will keep fighting despite their 2-1 World Cup Group E defeat to Ecuador in Curitiba.

Despite emerging empty-handed from their opening two games, Honduras retain an outside chance of qualifying for the last 16.

That outcome would, however, be reliant on them beating Switzerland next week in Manaus, as well as other results going in their favour.

They took the lead against Ecuador through Carlo Costly just after the half-hour mark but Enner Valencia equalised three minutes later and then grabbed the winner in the 65th minute at the Estadio Joaquim Americo on Friday night.

Suarez said: "It was a very hard-fought match. I think we had a bit of difficulty keeping our nerves in check given what was at stake in the game, but I'm satisfied with my team.

"We played well but they played a bit better: they had more of the ball, took more shots and got the goals.

"It was an improved performance after our first match and although it wasn't quite enough, we can build on it for our next game.

"We know it'll be tough to reach the next round, but it'd be even worse to have been knocked out already.

"We need to find a way to improve in order to win and while there's hope, we won't give up without a fight."

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