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A&E admissions for oral lacerations in England went through the roof during and after the Three Lions’ pre-tournament clash with Los Catrachos, such was the regularity with which their challenges caused razor-sharp intakes of breath among Roy Hodgson and his coaching staff.
Eight yellow cards, one constituting half a red, were issued during the fixture.
Ecuador’s Group C duel with Switzerland produced a mere two cautions, but, if Honduras’ meetings with England and France were anything to go by, their foes will manage to roughhouse the inner rule-benders out of La Tri.
Against England, Luis Fernando Suarez’s split the card count right down the middle, a feat they repeated against the French in their first group game.
A display of the utmost leniency from Sandro Ricci nonetheless saw six canaries emerge from the pocket of the Brazilian match official.
With the loser of tonight’s 11 o’clock KO kissing their World Cup goodbye, expect the heightened tension to prompt a rumble of unprecedented proportions.