Fans expected a gain for Spain
By JENNY YUEN, QMI Agency
TORONTO — After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Switzerland last Wednesday, Toronto’s Spanish fans remained optimistic that their team would rebound against Honduras.
They were right.
More than 100 people packed Plaza Flamingo on College St. Monday — many wearing red and yellow Spanish jerseys — to see Spain beat Honduras 2-0 in a World Cup game.
“I was very relieved when they scored the first and second goals,” Melissa Medina, 17, said. “This game was very important because if they didn’t win this one they would’ve been knocked out.”
Medina, who plays for the North York Cosmos soccer club, said she gets a kick watching the great World Cup players do their stuff and show off their skills on the field.
“It’s very inspiring to watch the games,” she said. “You’ll definitely see partying today. The Spanish culture is very open with their celebrations.”
Erica Blesa, 29, sported a black jersey with goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ name on the back.
“He’s my favourite player,” she said.
“He did really well at the Euro Cup two years ago, it was almost a complete shutout and we really love supporting Spain.
“He played amazing. No goals (against) — what more could you ask for?”
Some Spanish fans said that while the victory was worth celebrating, Spain needed more goals to strengthen their chances of advancing.
“I was hoping we’d score more goals to qualify first, but now we have to win by more than one goal (against Chile on Friday) to qualify for first,” Humberdo Diaz, 22, said. “This time, they’re going to score. When they have to, they can.
“The South Americans are doing well and the Europeans, are too, but I think Spain has a big chance of winning.”
A couple of Honduras fans also came by Plaza Flamingo to watch the game on the big screen.
“I haven’t done the math, but I heard there is the slightest chance they could qualify, but I don’t think so,” said Janine Carrington, 32, wearing a blue and white Honduras shirt. “It wasn’t upsetting, but it would’ve been better if they won or scored.
“The fact that they qualified (for the World Cup) is good. It just looks like a good future for them.”
Like the Brazilians who partied hard on St. Clair Ave. W. last week, the Toronto Spanish community was waving red and yellow flags and honking car horns.
“I love Toronto but, to be perfectly honest, the Spanish community is pretty small and spread out, so I’m hoping they hit the street, especially coming off of the unfortunate loss against Switzerland,” Blesa said. “This will really mobilize us for Friday’s game against Chile.”