France 3 - 0 Honduras

Match info: FIFA World Cup - Gp E at Estadio Beira-Rio

Date: 15/06/2014 KO: 20:00 Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci Att: 43,012

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Karim Benzema 45 (pen),72
Noel Valladares 48 (og)



FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • It's full time in Porto Alegre and France have sailed to a comfortable 3-0 win over ten-man Honduras. A feisty encounter, with France richly deserving all three points. They're now top of Group E on goal difference. Thanks for joining me, and thanks to those who have sent emails and predictions in. Stick with us for coverage of Argentina vs Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • After a quick burst from France, Evra plays the ball back to Matuidi but he fires it harmlessly over the bar from 20 yards out. Poor finish from the PSG man.

  • Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.

  • Honduras are camped in their own area as France keep the ball comfortably, with chants of 'Allez Les Bleus' flying around the stadium.

  • Great play from France down the right and after the ball is cut back to Benzema in the Honduras area, he tries to dink it towards his teammates rather than fire in on goal. Unselfish, but probably an unwise decision from the Real Madrid striker.

  • Another poor foul by Honduras and this time it's from Beckeles who jumps in on Giroud. Chance for Griezmann to deliver a ball in from the left flank.

  • Honduras appeal for a penalty after Costly believes he's bundled over in the area, but the referee waves away Honduras' appeals and the game is played on.

  • The resulting corner is cleared and Chavez goes down after an aerial challenge with Giroud. The Honduras defender goes down holding his face, but there's no malice from Giroud.

  • Debuchy delivers a great ball towards Benzema, but Garcia manages to just get in front as the Madrid man was preparing to volley it towards goal. Decent defending from Honduras.

  • Dreadful challenge by Garrido on Mavuba, as he goes high with his studs into the Lille player's knee. He's given a yellow card, but it could have been worse.

  • The game has quietened down significantly as the game winds down, which can't come quick enough for Honduras at this moment in time.

  • Honduras seem to have adopted a damage limitation approach, by keeping the ball in defence. France are chasing down their every pass as they aim to make their goal difference look as positive as possible...

  • Mathieu Valbuena comes off for Olivier Giroud

  • The French fans are in fine voice as the national anthem rings around the stadium. Their team have controlled the game from start to finish.

  • Honduras are on the attack and the ball drops to Beckeles, who tries an audacious 30 yard drive towards Lloris, but it flies very high and very wide. Poor effort from the Olimpia player.

  • Great goal from France and it's Karim Benzema with his second of the game! Valbuena pulled the free-kick back to Debuchy on the edge of the box, who drilled a venomous shot towards goal and despite a block from a Honduras defender, the ball falls to Benzema who fires it high into the net to make it 3-0 to France.

  • Goal! 3-0 to France!

  • A clumsy challenge from Figueroa on the right-hand flank brings down Valbuena and France have the chance to swing the ball into the Honduras area.

  • France appeal for a penalty after it looked like Figueroa had gone in late on Evra, but replays show that the Wigan defender's challenge was a superb one and the referee's decision was correct.

  • Honduras have a chance and after Sakho switches off for a moment, Garcia runs free into the box but takes it too wide and his shot dribbles into Lloris' arms. Decent chance, but the shot lacked conviction.


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