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FIFA World Cup Qualifying Preview: Mexico v Honduras
Sep 04, 2013 5:19 PM EST
Mexico and Honduras meet on Friday, with the duo fighting over the third and final FIFA World Cup qualifying spot in the CONCACAF group.
The game could go a long way to deciding who qualifies automatically for Brazil 2014, and who will have to compete in a two legged play-off with New Zealand in order to reach the tournament.
Mexico currently occupy the third and final automatic qualifying spot with eight points from six games, with Honduras just one point behind in fourth place.
There was nothing to separate the two sides in the reverse fixture in March which ended 2-2, as Javier Hernandez’s two goals for Mexico were cancelled out in the final 15 minutes by Carlo Costly and Jerry Bengston.
Mexico trio Diego Reyes, Andres Guardado and Hector Herrera were all absent from Monday's training session but the full squad are expected to be reunited as preparations continue in the run up to the crucial fixture in Mexico City.
Defender Reyes was given permission to miss training due to personal reasons, while Guardado and Herrera did not arrive in Mexico from Europe until Monday evening.
Honduras have no issues ahead of the fixture and defender Maynor Figueroa has insisted his side will do everything in their power to qualify for the tournament ahead of their hosts.
"We will fight to the end," he said.
"I still believe in the possibilities we have and everything is in our hands. We have to win every game that we have coming up."
The Hull City defender implored his team-mates to focus on their own game and nothing else.
"We have to do our job and depend on ourselves,” he said.
"We have to get points. In theory we could be facing other teams that are fighting for their own qualification to the World Cup, but on the playing field we all have the same pressure and obligation to win."