In a completely one sided game, France dominated throughout. It was Karim Benzema that led France to victory with 2 goals, and a third that should have been his, but was attributed as an own goal by Honduras keeper Noel Valledares
FULL TIME SCORE - France 3 - 0 Honduras
90' 3 minutes of added time.
83' Luis Garrido receives a Yellow Card with just 7 minutes of play left.
78' Mathieu Valbuena comes off for Olivier Giroud
72' Karim Benzema scores his second goal of the night, with an assist by Mathieu Debuchy. Should be a hat trick for the Real Madrid player, however the previous goal was counted as an own goal.
66' France earns a corner
64' Yohan Cabaye comes off and Rio Antonio Mavuba goes in.
63' Matuidi takes a great shot, looked like it was definitely a goal, however he hits just shy of the post.
59' Andy Najar comes off for Jorge Claros.
56' Paul Pogba taken off for Moussa Sissoko.
52' B. García receives a Yellow Card.
49' GOAL! Karim Benzema shoots a powerful kick, scoring once again barely 2 minutes into the second half. Goal line technology comes into play and confirms that it was in fact an own goal by Honduras keeper Noel Valledares.
A look at Goal-Line Technology
45' Second half begins
45 + 2' Yohan Cabaye gets a Yellow Card.
45 + 2' 3 minutes of added time.
45 + 1' GOAL! Benzema makes it 1-0 for France.
45' Benzema steps up to take the penalty.
43' France receives a penalty after W Palacios receives his second yellow card, resulting in his exit from the match. This is a dangerous situation for Honduras
38' The Brazilian referee seems to be ignoring the smaller fouls, continuing play past minor infractions.
36' France continues to push the Honduras defence, piling on the pressure at every turn.
30' Valbuena is trying everything to get past the Honduras defence, but can't seem to find his way through.
27' France's Paul Pogba and Honduras' W Palacios both receive Yellow Cards.
23' Griezmann shoots out another try! Honduras need to do something quickly, as they just barely avoid conceding a goal to the French attacking force.
22' France continue to attack, while Honduras maintains a very physical game, tackles are happening left, right, and centre.
18' Karim Benzema seems to be leading the French charge, trying to wiggle through Honduras' defence.
16' Great save from Valladares who tips the ball off the crossbar.
15' France seem to be dominating possession, Honduras will have to change this if they hope to win.
14' Honduras as expected is playing a very physical game.
12' France earn a free-kick right outside the Honduran penalty box. This could spell out to be a dangerous situation.
10' Patrice Evra receives a Yellow Card for a foul on Andy Najar.
4' It seems there was a technical glitch, and hence there were no national anthems.
2' Jerry Bengston strikes from a distance but is blocked by Rafael Varane. France will face a test of physicality here
KICK OFF: And the game is underway. Incidentally, France defeated Jamaica 8-0 in their last international match. Honduras drew 0-0 against England, a match which saw Honduras receive 8 yellow cards and a red card.
Oh...there were no national anthems as the referee asks the teams to shake hands
It's time for the national anthems
* The match between France and Honduras is to begin shortly.
Group E contains France, Honduras, Ecuador and Switzerland. France is the strongest team in this group, although Switzerland just played a fantastic match, putting up one hell of a fight. Read more about the match - Switzerland v/s Ecuador: Switzerland score second goal in 93rd minute to defeat Ecuador 2-1
Barring any extraordinary events, former World Cup champions France seem like the obvious winners tonight.
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