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Jorge Claros to replace suspended Wilson Palacios in Honduras team in key Ecuador match

10ThingstoSeeSports - Honduras players  Roger Espinoza, left, and Luis Garrido complain to referee Sandro Ricci from Brazil after he awarded a goal to France using goal line technology during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

10ThingstoSeeSports - Honduras players Roger Espinoza, left, and Luis Garrido complain to referee Sandro Ricci from Brazil after he awarded a goal to France using goal line technology during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)  (The Associated Press)

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez is set to ring the changes when his team faces Ecuador on Friday in a Group E match that could end either side's hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Confirming Thursday that Jorge Claros will replace the suspended Wilson Palacios, Suarez said there would be more changes but they would only be announced before the start of the match at Curitiba's Arena da Baixada.

Suarez said his team "ran away from football" during its 3-0 defeat to France in its opening fixture.

The game takes place just after France and Switzerland play. If the two European sides draw, then defeat for either Ecuador or Honduras would dash any hopes of advancing from the group stage.