Roger: We aren’t over and out yet

France's Paul Pogba, left, challenges Honduras' Roger Espinoza
France's Paul Pogba, left, challenges Honduras' Roger Espinoza

ROGER Espinoza is urging his Honduran team-mates to “move on” despite a 3-0 mauling by France.

The midfielder played the full 90 minutes in last night’s World Cup defeat while his Wigan teammate Juan Carlos Garcia was an unused substitute.

Former Latics stars Maynor Figueroa and Wilson Palacios also started for the Hondurans with the latter being sent off on the stroke of half-time for a foul on Paul Pogba in the area which led to Karim Benzema scoring the first goal.

The French continued to dominate the game with quite a few rash challenges from the Hondurans.

Despite the heavy defeat though, Wigan man Espinoza remained upbeat.

“All was well until the penalty, we wanted to get ahead but failed,” he was quoted as saying after the match. “The penalty and red card hurt us. With a man less it’s complicated and more against a team like France.

“We have to move on. We meet Ecuador and Switzerland.”

A number of other Wigan players past and present also featured in the World Cup over the weekend.

Jean Beausejour, who is expected to leave the club this summer, scored a last minute goal for Chile on Friday in their 3-1 victory over Australia.

Luis Antonio Valencia played 90 minutes in Ecuador’s 2-1 defeat to Switzerland yesterday while Reto Ziegler was an unused substitute on the other side.

The most high profile inclusion came on Saturday though when Leighton Baines became Wigan’s first ever academy product to feature in a World Cup when he played 90 minutes in the 2-1 defeat to Italy.