Honduras' (L-R) Roger Espinoza, Eddie Hernandez, Maynor Figueroa and Jose Velasquez defend a free kick by Morocco's Zakaria Labyad (7) during their men's Group D football match at the London 2012 Olympic Games at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland July 26, 2012. (Photo : REUTERS/David Moir)
Round two of the group stage gets underway with a plethora of matches that could determine the tournaments of certain teams as soon as today.
The Group of Death ended with a few surprises in the first day. The second day could provide more considering how well every team, except Spain, played in their opening match.
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Spain vs. Honduras 2:45 p.m. EDT
Spain played a terrible match against Japan. They were unable to impose their possession style of play against the Japanese and suffered when they were forced to play a man down for most of the match. Look for them to attack Honduras furiously.
Honduras meanwhile held their own against a strong Moroccan team and is probably feeling confident knowing that Spain carries all the pressure in this match. Look for them to be poised and collected as Spain tries to take over the game.
Prediction: Honduras forces Spain to a 2-2 draw. Spain plays well, but early jitters put them behind. They take a 2-1 lead, but then blow it in waning moments.
Morocco Vs. Japan
The Japanese are flying high after shocking the world with a 1-0 win over Spain. They will play with the same aggressive energy that won them that game. Morocco knows that they let one get away against Honduras. They know they can score goals and will counter Japan with their own impressive offensive gifts. This will be a wide open affair.
Prediction: Another 2-2 draw in this group. This group remains wide open leading up to the final round.