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Last Updated: 18/06/10 12:46pm

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Figueroa: Eyes Spain result

Figueroa: Eyes Spain result

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Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa is hoping his team can pile more misery on Spain when they meet on Monday.

European champions Spain suffered a major shock in their opening Group H game against Switzerland, going down 1-0 despite having all the possession.

Honduras, meanwhile, were beaten 1-0 by South American outfit Chile in Nelspruit, but the Spain result means the group has been thrown wide open.

Wigan Athletic left-back Figueroa insists morale within the squad is still good, and is confident of a result against Vincent Del Bosque's men.

"This is the beginning, against big rivals, Honduras always grow," he said.

"The morale of the team is good, I think it is nothing more than the beginning, knowing that against Spain it will be a completely different game.

"We have to continue working, believing in ourselves - defeats are what give the most strength to the player."

Honduras' preparations for the Chile clash were hampered by injuries to key players in the squad.

Absentees

Midfielder Wilson Palacios recovered his fitness in time to feature but key striker David Suazo failed to make it and playmaker Julio Cesar de Leon has been forced to withdraw from the tournament.

Figueroa added: "It's obvious we have been affected by injuries to team-mates.

"During training you do specific work counting on players who from one day to the next are out.

"When you lose there are always doubts but we have to be brave and go out there with our heads held high, knowing that in football there are three results.

"We got the least desired one against Chile but I am completely grateful to God for allowing me to play this game.

"There are no words to describe what you feel when you are in the match. I hope to continue having the opportunity to play more games."

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