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Final tournament - Group stage - Group E

France - Honduras
3-0
 

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Fluent France too slick for Honduras

Published: Sunday 15 June 2014, 22.53CET
France 3-0 Honduras
The 1998 winners made an assured start in Group E with Karim Benzema on target twice against ten-man Honduras.

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Match statistics

France
Honduras

3

Goals scored

0

19

Total attempts

3

5

Attempts on target

1

9

off target

2

3

blocked

1

2

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

0

1

Offsides

2

3

Yellow cards

4

0

Red Cards

1

12

Fouls committed

14

13

Fouls suffered

12

Standings

Last updated: 16/06/2014 02:30 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Sunday 15 June 2014, 22.53CET

Fluent France too slick for Honduras

France 3-0 Honduras
The 1998 winners made an assured start in Group E with Karim Benzema on target twice against ten-man Honduras.

France produced an impressive display as they eased past Honduras in their opening Group E match.

Les Bleus had to be patient in a tetchy first half and were finally rewarded when Karim Benzema broke the deadlock from the penalty spot. Wilson Palacios saw red in conceding the spot kick to leave Honduras facing an uphill struggle after the interval and they quickly fell further behind through Noel Valladares' own goal. Benzema rifled in a third to add further gloss.

Didier Deschamps' charges arrived in Brazil off the back of their 8-0 win against Jamaica in their final friendly and appeared in the mood to rack up the goals again as they dominated possession in confident fashion in Porto Alegre. Valladares made a reflex save to tip Blaise Matuidi's 15th-minute effort on to the bar and when the frame of the goal came to the Honduras custodian's rescue again from Antoine Griezmann's thumping header, Les Bleus were left wondering if fate would conspire against them.

The pressure was released in the 45th minute when Palacios barged into Paul Pogba as he controlled Yohan Cabaye's cross and received a second yellow card. Benzema made no mistake with the resulting spot kick. Within three minutes of the restart, the contest was effectively over as Benzema hammered an effort against the far post before the ball crept over the line off the unfortunate Valladares.

The only remaining question was how many more France could muster and number three arrived on 72 minutes when Mathieu Debuchy's blocked drive fell perfectly for Benzema to swipe into the roof of the net. Switzerland, who beat Ecuador 2-1 earlier in the day, will provide a sterner test for Deschamps' men on Friday in their next phase assignment.

Last updated: 16/06/14 2.06CET

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Lineups

France

France

Honduras

Honduras

1Hugo Lloris (GK) (C)18Noel Valladares (GK) (C)
Goal48
2Mathieu Debuchy3Maynor Figueroa
Yellow Card83
3Patrice Evra
Yellow Card7
5Víctor Bernárdez
Substitution46
4Raphaël Varane7Emilio Izaguirre
5Mamadou Sakho8Wilson Palacios
Yellow Card28
Red Card43
6Yohan Cabaye
Yellow Card45+2
Substitution65
11Jerry Bengtson
Substitution46
8Mathieu Valbuena
Substitution78
13Carlo Molina
10Karim Benzema
Goal45
Goal72
15Roger Espinoza
11Antoine Griezmann17Andy Najar
Substitution58
14Blaise Matuidi19Luis Garrido
19Paul Pogba
Yellow Card28
Substitution57
21Bryan Beckeles

Substitutes

16Stéphane Ruffier (GK)1Luis Aurelio Lopez (GK)
23Mickaël Landreau (GK)22Donis Escober (GK)
7Rémy Cabella2Osman Chávez
Substitution46
9Olivier Giroud
Substitution78
4Juan Montes
12Rio Mavuba
Substitution65
6Juan García
13Eliaquim Mangala9Jerry Palacios
15Bacary Sagna10Mario Martínez
17Lucas Digne12Edder Delgado
18Moussa Sissoko
Substitution57
14Oscar García
Substitution46
Yellow Card53
20Loïc Rémy16Rony Martínez
21Laurent Koscielny20Jorge Claros
Substitution58
22Morgan Schneiderlin23Marvin Chávez

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Luis Fernando Suárez (COL)

Referee

Sandro Ricci (BRA)

Assistant referees

Emerson De Carvalho (BRA), Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)

Fourth official

Peter O'leary (NZL)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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