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Honduras suffer Turkey defeat

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez learned the hard way that his team are not ready for the World Cup in a 2-0 loss to Turkey in a friendly on Thursday.

And the hard truth is there's not a lot of time for "Los Catrachos" to improve before they open play in Brazil against France on June 15.

"It's clear to me we have a lot of work to do," Suarez said. "Some players are not in form and they need to get ready for the next matches."

Mevlut Erdinc, a striker for French club Saint-Etienne, scored one goal and set up another for Turkey, who failed to qualify for the global football showdown that begins in two weeks.

Erdinc scored in the 70th minute of the international friendly at Washington DC's RFK Stadium and made the key pass to Caner Erkin for his 83rd-minute effort, finding the net after Honduras squandered several first-half opportunities.

"I liked the first half of my team," Suarez said. "Technically we were very good. We weren't able to convert the opportunities.

"We didn't have good ball possession in the second half. That's something we can work and correct from this match as we move forward."

Honduras will also play warm-up matches on Sunday in Houston against Israel and in Miami on June 7 against England.

The Central American side, seeking their first World Cup victory after qualifying for the third time, will play Ecuador and Switzerland as well as France in Group E matches in Brazil.

"Mentally, this defeat will not affect our preparation for the World Cup," said Suarez. "Physically, we have to get better.

"Some players are not at their best. The idea of these matches is to prepare the whole squad to be ready once the World Cup begins."

Turkey, who fielded a young line-up missing injured Atletico Madrid forward Arda Turan, will face the World Cup-bound United States on Sunday in suburban New York.

Turkey's Ishak Dogan set up the first goal when he went past Honduran defender Brayan Beckeles and crossed for Erdinc to score.

Turkey added a second goal when Erdinc flicked the ball to the unmarked Erkin, who charged into the penalty area and blasted home a left-footed shot.

Honduras, bolstered by thousands of loud supporters in the crowd of 20,723, set the early pace but the best chance went begging when Roger Espinoza had an effort from the left wing booted away by defender Ozan Tufan.

Honduras received a scare in the 22nd minute when Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios remained crumpled on the pitch after tangling legs with a Turkish defender.

Espinoza missed a left-footed shot in the 39th minute and Jerry Bengtson was offered another solid chance in the 43rd but his effort missed the near post.