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World Cup - Brazil 2014

Sunday, 15 June 2014,

France
3
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Honduras
  • Kickoff: 20:00 BST
  • Stadium: Estadio Beira-Rio
  • Referee: -
  • Stadium: Estadio Beira-Rio
  • Attendance: -
  • 45' Karim Benzema - pen
  • 48' Noel Valladares - og
  • 72' Karim Benzema
  • 43' Wilson Palacios

France

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Honduras

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France v Honduras: 50-50 Challenge

Our expert bloggers will give their thoughts ahead of each game so as France take on Ecuador in Group E, Jonathan Johnson (France) and Arch Bell (Honduras) are your guides.

What's at stake?

Jonathan Johnson: With no previous meetings between the two sides to go on, France's opening clash with Honduras is hugely important for Didier Deschamps' men. A win will settle any early nerves and confidence will continue to grow, while anything less than that will set alarm bells ringing and pile the pressure on.

Les Bleus have only won one of their last nine World Cup group stage matches and are keen to draw a line under their past failures and controversies. Putting Honduras to bed in a seemingly straightforward contest would be a perfect start.

Arch BellFollowing two subpar outings in World Cup warm-up matches versus Turkey and Israel, Honduras put together a solid defensive performance last week versus England in a 0-0 draw that should serve as the blueprint for Sunday's contest against the French.

Little is expected of Honduras against the 1998 champions, so a point or perhaps even an unprecedented three points in a World Cup match could set the way for a historic march to the knockout round.

X factor

JJ: Karim Benzema needs to deliver in Brazil. The Real Madrid man is now the talisman of this French side and the most experienced member of Deschamps' 23-man squad. Despite that, it is his first World Cup and he is yet to score a single goal at a major international tournament. On paper, Honduras will fear the 26-year-old and assuming it is the same Benzema we have seen recently for France they have every reason to. The former Olympique Lyonnais star finally looks ready to replicate his club form with his country and Honduras is the perfect opening fixture for him.

AB: Carlo Costly. Nomadic and inconsistent at the club level, Costly always seems to bring his best for "La H" and the hulking striker will be called upon to provide goals for Los Catrachos. Costly has recently been bothered by injuries but he resumed normal training on Friday, much to the relief of the Honduras faithful. Plus, Costly has a knack for scoring big goals in big arenas, as evidenced by his dramatic tally that led to the "Haztecazo" against Mexico in the Estadio Azteca last fall in qualifying.

Fear factor

JJ: Andy Najar is an emerging talent and if played from the start and deployed on the right, the tricky 21-year-old winger will pose a threat to France. The ageing Patrice Evra is a potential weakness in the back four and a lot of chances tend to materialise on his left side. Najar, although relatively inexperienced, has the attributes to exploit that.

Carlos Costly and Jerry Bengtson -- Honduras' two most prolific attacking threats -- could also pose Deschamps' men a few potential problems.

AB: Karim Benzema stands as the biggest threat to the Honduras defense. Benzema is coming off a stellar season at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid and his quick movements will put the Catrachos to the test. Benzema's ability to strike from anywhere with his boot or beat a defender to a header will keep the Honduran defense on their toes for the full 90 minutes.

Key battle

JJ: Mathieu Valbuena v Emilio Izaguirre. The Olympique de Marseille man is key to Deschamps' France side and his teammates need to get him into the game as quickly as possible in Porto Alegre. Celtic's Izaguirre will stand in his way at left-back, although he will have to be aware of the potential for Valbuena and Benzema to switch sides if Les Bleus start with Olivier Giroud sandwiched between the pair as they did in their final warm-up match.

AB: Noel Valladares v French attack. Let's face it, the large majority of this match will be contested in the Honduras half so it will critical that the 37-year-old Valladares be at his best in goal. Coming off a Torneo Clausura campaign with Olimpia that ended in a championship, the veteran goalkeeper is confident in his abilities and communication with his back four will be crucial to thwarting France's scoring opportunities. Soft goals would be a killer.

Prediction

JJ: France to win 3-0 and make a flying start to the World Cup. Confidence is high in the camp at present and Les Bleus have more than enough quality to win this one comfortably. This opener will set the tone for the rest of the French campaign and Deschamps has called it the "most important" of all the group stage games.

AB: France to win 2-0. There is plenty of optimism within head coach Luis Fernandez Suarez's squad, and the memories of their Olympic run from two years ago that saw them defeat Spain and go toe-to-toe with Brazil are still fresh in the mind, but at the end of the day France are simply too talented to hold down for 90 minutes. Honduras will be brave, but a result won't be in the cards.

91'+3

Second Half ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

91'+2

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Luis Garrido (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 93'

91'+2

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) Throw In at 93'

91'+2

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Free Kick at 93'

91'+1

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

91'+1

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

91'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 91'

91'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 91'

91'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 90'

90'

Corner, France. Conceded by Osman Chávez.

89'

Antoine Griezmann (France) Corner Kick at 89'

89'

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

89'

Patrice Evrà (France) Assists Shot at 89'

88'

Antoine Griezmann (France) Free Kick at 88'

87'

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 86'

85'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 85'

85'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 85'

84'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Corner Kick at 84'

83'

Moussa Sissoko (France) Free Kick at 83'

83'

Luis Garrido

82'

Foul by Luis Garrido (Honduras).

82'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 82'

80'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 80'

79'

Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) Throw In at 79'

78'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 78'

78'

Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

77'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 77'

77'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 77'

76'

Corner, France. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.

76'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Corner Kick at 76'

75'

Attempt missed. Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Óscar García.

75'

Boniek García (Honduras) Assists Shot at 75'

72'

Patrice Evrà (France) Assists Shot at 72'

72'

3 - 0

Goal! France 3, Honduras 0. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra following a set piece situation.

72'

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

72'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Assists Shot at 72'

72'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Free Kick at 72'

71'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70'

Boniek García (Honduras) Throw In at 70'

68'

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

68'

Attempt saved. Óscar García (Honduras) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67'

Noel Valladares (Honduras) Free Kick at 67'

67'

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

66'

Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) Throw In at 66'

66'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 65'

65'

Substitution, France. Rio Mavuba replaces Yohan Cabaye.

65'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 65'

65'

Osman Chávez (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64'

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

64'

Patrice Evrà (France) Assists Shot at 64'

63'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 63'

61'

Yohan Cabaye (France) Free Kick at 61'

61'

Hand ball by Carlo Costly (Honduras).

61'

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

61'

Karim Benzema (France) Assists Shot at 60'

60'

Raphaël Varane (France) Free Kick at 60'

59'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 59'

58'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 58'

58'

Offside, France. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

58'

Substitution, Honduras. Jorge Claros replaces Andy Najar.

57'

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

57'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Corner Kick at 57'

57'

Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Paul Pogba.

56'

Attempt missed. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

56'

Antoine Griezmann (France) Assists Shot at 56'

55'

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

55'

Antoine Griezmann (France) Assists Shot at 55'

54'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 54'

54'

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

54'

Mamadou Sakho (France) Free Kick at 54'

53'

Boniek García

53'

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53'

Osman Chávez (Honduras) Free Kick at 53'

52'

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52'

Raphaël Varane (France) Free Kick at 52'

51'

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Free Kick at 51'

51'

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51'

Carlo Costly (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 51'

48'

2 - 0

Own Goal by Noel Valladares, Honduras. France 2, Honduras 0.

48'

Karim Benzema (France) hits the right post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross.

48'

Yohan Cabaye (France) Assists Shot at 48'

47'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 47'

47'

Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) Throw In at 47'

46'

Substitution, Honduras. Osman Chávez replaces Víctor Bernárdez because of an injury.

46'

Start 2nd Half

46'

Substitution, Honduras. Óscar García replaces Jerry Bengtson.

46'+3

Halftime

46'+3

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

46'+2

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46'+2

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 48'

46'+1

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Free Kick at 47'

46'+1

Yohan Cabaye

46'+1

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

46'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 46'

46'

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'

1 - 0

Goal! France 1, Honduras 0. Karim Benzema (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

43'

Wilson Palacios

43'

Penalty conceded by Wilson Palacios (Honduras) after a foul in the penalty area.

41'

Karim Benzema (France) Corner Kick at 41'

41'

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

41'

Paul Pogba (France) Assists Shot at 41'

41'

Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 41'

40'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 40'

39'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 39'

38'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Blocked Pass at 38'

37'

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

37'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 37'

36'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 36'

35'

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilson Palacios.

35'

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) Assists Shot at 35'

34'

Blaise Matuidi (France) Free Kick at 34'

34'

Foul by Brayan Beckeles (Honduras).

33'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 33'

33'

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 33'

32'

Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) Throw In at 32'

31'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 31'

30'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 30'

29'

Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) Throw In at 29'

29'

Patrice Evrà (France) Blocked Pass at 29'

29'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 29'

28'

Paul Pogba

27'

Wilson Palacios

26'

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24'

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

24'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Assists Shot at 24'

24'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Free Kick at 24'

23'

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23'

Antoine Griezmann (France) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

23'

Patrice Evrà (France) Assists Shot at 23'

22'

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22'

Karim Benzema (France) Assists Shot at 22'

22'

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 22'

21'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 21'

21'

Antoine Griezmann (France) Blocked Pass at 21'

20'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 20'

20'

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 20'

19'

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) Free Kick at 19'

18'

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17'

Raphaël Varane (France) Free Kick at 17'

17'

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16'

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Throw In at 16'

15'

Corner, France. Conceded by Noel Valladares.

15'

Blaise Matuidi (France) Corner Kick at 15'

15'

Attempt saved. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.

15'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Assists Shot at 15'

15'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Free Kick at 15'

14'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 13'

12'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Free Kick at 12'

11'

Hand ball by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).

10'

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a set piece situation.

10'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Assists Shot at 10'

10'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) Free Kick at 10'

9'

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8'

Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras) Free Kick at 8'

7'

Patrice Evrà

7'

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

6'

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

5'

Raphaël Varane (France) Blocked Pass at 5'

5'

Raphaël Varane (France) Free Kick at 5'

4'

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

4'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 4'

3'

Hugo Lloris (France) Free Kick at 3'

3'

Offside, Honduras. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but Jerry Bengtson is caught offside.

3'

Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) Throw In at 3'

3'

Raphaël Varane (France) Blocked Pass at 3'

2'

Patrice Evrà (France) Throw In at 2'

2'

Mathieu Debuchy (France) Throw In at 2'

1'

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) Blocked Pass at 1'

1'

Attempt missed. Wilson Palacios (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

1'

First Half begins.

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Possession

71%
29%
  • France
  • Honduras

Shots

20
4

Shots on target

5
1

Fouls

13
14

Corners

8
0

Yellow Cards

3
2

Red Cards

0
1

France

France8 - 0Jamaica
France1 - 1Paraguay
France4 - 0Norway
France2 - 0Netherlands
France3 - 0Ukraine
Ukraine2 - 0France

Honduras

England0 - 0Honduras
Honduras2 - 4Israel
Honduras0 - 2Turkey
Honduras2 - 1Venezuela
Ecuador2 - 2Honduras
Brazil5 - 0Honduras

France

  • 1Hugo Lloris
  • 5Mamadou Sakho
  • 2Mathieu Debuchy
  • 4Raphaël Varane
  • 3Patrice Evrà
  • 19Paul Pogba
  • -> Moussa Sissoko
  • 14Blaise Matuidi
  • 10Karim Benzema
  • 11Antoine Griezmann
  • 8Mathieu Valbuena
  • -> Olivier Giroud
  • 6Yohan Cabaye
  • -> Rio Mavuba
  • Subs
  • 17Lucas Digne
  • 7Rémy Cabella
  • 23Mickaël Landreau
  • 20Loïc Rémy
  • 21Laurent Koscielny
  • 16Stéphane Ruffier
  • 22Morgan Schneiderlin
  • 13Eliaquim Mangala
  • 15Bacary Sagna

Honduras

  • 18Noel Valladares
  • 7Emilio Izaguirre
  • 21Brayan Beckeles
  • 3Maynor Figueroa
  • 5Víctor Bernárdez
  • -> Osman Chávez
  • 15Roger Espinoza
  • 17Andy Najar
  • -> Jorge Claros
  • 11Jerry Bengtson
  • -> Osman Chávez
  • 19Luis Garrido
  • 8Wilson Palacios
  • 13Carlo Costly
  • Subs
  • 9Jerry Palacios
  • 1Luis López
  • 4Juan Montes
  • 23Mario Martínez
  • 10Marvin Chávez
  • 14Boniek García
  • 22Donis Escober
  • 12Edder Delgado
  • 6Juan Carlos García
  • 16Rony Mártinez

Goal-line tech used in France win

France defeated 10-man Honduras 3-0 in a World Cup match that saw goal-line technology used to prove Les Blues' second strike was legitimate.

Goal-line technology used for first time
- Horncastle: French feelgood factor continues

Karim Benzema broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, goalkeeper Noel Valladares scored an own goal before Benzema grabbed his second of the game in Porto Alegre.

France enjoyed the better of the first half, twice going close as Valladares palmed Blaise Matuidi's shot onto the woodwork before Antoine Griezmann's header also hit the crossbar.

Just before half-time, Wilson Palacios received his second yellow of the match after he bundled over Paul Pogba in the box. Benzema stepped up and slammed home the penalty kick.

France doubled their lead three minutes into the second half. Benzema saw his shot clip the woodwork and bounce down off Valladares, who attempted to claw the ball out only for the goal to be awarded by goal-line technology.

Benzema did get his second goal before full-time, though, as he lashed into the roof of the net, sealing three points for France in their opening Group E game.

More to follow...


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