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Benzema Brace Fires France To Victory

2014 FIFA World Cup

Group E

Full Time: France 3-0 Honduras

Date: 15 June 2014

Venue: Estadio Beira-Rio

A brace from Karim Benzema saw France to a convincing 3-0 win over Honduras in their opening Group E, 2014 FIFA World Cup match at the Estadio Beira-Rio on Sunday.

The result combined with Switzerland’s 2-1 win over Ecuador, also in Group E earlier in the day, sees France at the top of their World Cup group.

It was a rather scrappy start to the game as both teams struggled to keep hold of the ball for a sustained period of play.

Neither team was afforded the time on the ball due to some of the ferocious tackles coming in that resulted in the referee flashing his card early on.

The first effort on goal only came in the 14th minute after some poor defending by Honduras saw the ball fall to Blaise Matuidi six-yards out, but he saw his effort superbly tipped onto the crossbar by goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

Eight minutes later France hit the woodwork for a second time when Antoine Griezmann met a Patrice Evra cross, but his header struck the crossbar from ten-yards out.

One of the controversial talking points of the half occurred in the 25th minute when Paul Pogba appeared to kick out at Wilson Palacios after being fouled by the Honduran.

The referee, though, opted not to send him off and instead showed both players a yellow card.

In the 40th minute France were afforded the perfect opportunity to open the scoring when Palacios pushed Pogba over inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty.

The referee also showed Palacios his second yellow card and consequently reduced Honduras to ten men.

Benzema stepped up to convert the spot-kick, scoring his 22nd international goal as France took a 1-0 lead into the break.

The French were able to double their lead three minutes into the second half thanks to goal line technology.

After a long ball into the box, Benzema hit it off the post and it deflected off goalkeeper Valladares, who looked to have prevented it from going over the line, but the referee gave the goal thanks to the newly implemented goal line technology, 2-0.

Benzema made certain of the victory for France with his second goal of the game in the 72nd minute.

Again some sloppy defending from Honduras resulted in a goalmouth scramble and the ball falling to Benzema only couple yards out, and he made no mistake with France’s third goal, 3-0.

Honduras tried to find some consolation, but were unable to do so as France closed the game out with ease.

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