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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15:  Head coach Reinaldo Rueda of Ecuador looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Head coach Reinaldo Rueda of Ecuador looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Head coach Reinaldo Rueda of Ecuador looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and Ecuador at Estadio Nacional on June 15, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Jerry Palacios knows Honduras have no option but to put on an improved display against Ecuador this evening if they are to keep their World Cup dream alive.

A 3-0 defeat to France in Porto Alegre means another failure against Ecuador at the Arena da Baixada will bring an end to any hopes of getting out of Group E.

Palacios, a substitute against France, insists confidence within Luis Fernando Suarez's squad is strong as they prepare to face former manager Reinaldo Rueda.

"Many people expect that we will win and play well. The truth is that the group is very strong," said Palacios.

"We are committed to the country. We know that we have possibilities – six points are still up for grabs.

"We are in a World Cup where all the matches are finals and we ask fans to keep supporting us and having confidence in us.

"We know that we can give more and against Ecuador we are going to show it."

Midfielder Wilson Palacios, brother of the Alajuelense forward, was sent off against France for two yellow cards and will be suspended.

The match in Curitiba will have the added intrigue of Rueda taking on the team he guided to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the first time Honduras had reached the finals for 28 years.

Suarez, meanwhile, was in charge of Ecuador at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when they made it through to the last 16.

The two men are good friends, but will set that aside for 90 minutes at the Arena da Baixada.

"It is something that has been on our minds. Obviously it is a match I would have preferred to have avoided," Rueda said.

"I love the people of Honduras and the love will always be there, even though we have a very intense 90 minutes ahead of us."

Belfast Telegraph