Benzema scored twice in a 3-0 win. (©GettyImages)
Benzema scored twice in a 3-0 win. (©GettyImages).

France 3-0 Honduras: Match Review

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France won their Group E opener against 10-man Honduras, with the European side coming through 3-0 in a heated affair in Porto Alegre.

France started the game the strongest after shots from Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann both hit the bar. In the 28th minute, there was a highly controversial moment after Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios stamped on France youngster Paul Pogba, who reacted by kicking out at Palacios. Both players were lucky to have not been sent off, as they both received yellow cards.

In the last minute of the first half, France were awarded a penalty after Palacios again tackled Pogba, but this time in the box. The midfielder received his second yellow card and he was off. Karim Benzema stepped up to the spot and sent goalkeeper Noel Valladares the wrong way to make it 1-0.

The second half kicked off and minutes later France doubled their lead, as Benzema's strike across goal blasted off off the post but Honduras keeper Valladares fumbled the ball over his own line for an own goal. The goal-line technology showed that the ball had crossed the line fully, but the referee was left discussing the incident with both managers before finally giving the goal to Didier Deschamps' side.

Les Bleus put the game to bed in the 72nd minute when Benzema fired in powerfully from inside the area after a long range shot by right back Mathieu Debuchy was blocked. Manchester United left back Patrice Evra injured his ankle during the build-up, but was able to continue for the rest of the game.

France will look to secure qualification with victory over Switzerland next time out, whilst Honduras need to regroup quickly before they face Ecuador in the battle of the bottom two in Group E.

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