Swiss to stick to their game plan against Honduras

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm •  Published: June 24, 2014
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MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — With a win and loss so far at the World Cup, some things clearly worked for Switzerland and some things clearly didn't.

Regardless, the game plan will remain the same when the Swiss face Honduras on Wednesday in the hot and humid Amazon rainforest with a spot in the second round still possible.

"I'm not going to change my game tactics because of the weather or climate," Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said Tuesday. "But I cannot refer to my strategies for tomorrow."

The match, the fourth and last of the World Cup to be played at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, will start at 4 p.m. — two hours earlier than the previous three matches. With the sun still shining down on part of the field at that time, it is likely that the Hondurans will have the advantage because they come from a country with a similar climate.

That, however, doesn't seem to be a worry for the Swiss.

"We will adapt," Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner said. "We're very well prepared."

The Swiss opened the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in Group E, but they were routed 5-2 by France in the second match, leaving them in third place in the group. A draw with Honduras on Wednesday combined with a France win over Ecuador will be enough to get Switzerland through to the next stage.

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