2014 FIFA World Cup: France vs Honduras – As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
90+4' - FULL-TIME: France 3-0 Honduras
90+2' - Matuidi missed a clear shot on the goal as his attempt ended up in the stands.
90' - Three minutes added.
89' - With minutes remaining in the match, French players are happy with possession and occasional runs. But overall, the intensity of the game has died down.
87' - A caution from the referee for Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles for a bad tackle. From the resulting free-kick, Antoine Griezman delivered the ball inside the Honduras box. But no danger for Honduras.
84' - Another corner for France. Antoine Griezmann delivery from the flag failed to find any of his teammates and a Honduras defender played it to safety.
82' - Yellow card for Luis Garrido.
80' - Patrice Evra, who received medical attention a little while ago, created a chance for newly arrived Olivier Giroud with a through pass, but a Honduras defender muscled out the Arsenal player in the pursuit.
78' - France SUB: Mathieu Valbuena is replaced by Arsenal frontman, Olivier Giroud.
76' - From the following goal-kick, France won a corner kick but nothing worthwhile happened for either side.
75' - Despite three goals and one man down, Honduras are taking on the French might. Brayan Beckeles tried to beat the France goalie, but his attempt sailed over the bar.
73' - France 3 - 0 Honduras. In between, Evra was stretchered off the field.
71' - Second GOAL for Karim Benzema. A powerful right-footed shot from the right side ended inside the Honduras goal.
69' - Continuing their fight on France, Honduras got their best chance of the match. But Oscar Garcia failed to beat Hugo Lloris.
66' - Mathieu Valbuena took France's fifth corner but, the Honduras defenders matched up the attackers with the referee calling for a goal-kick after a foul inside the box.
65' - France SUB: Yohan Cabaye out, Rio Mavuba in.
63' - Blaise Matuidi almost got the third goal for France. But his finish, from an Evra delivery, just missed the target.
61' - EHugo Lloris got his chance as he collected Emilio Izaguirre's cross with relative ease.
60' - With 30 minutes in the play, France are playing with renewed vigour against ten-men Honduras.
59' - Honduras SUB: Andy Najar out, Jorge Claros in.
58' - Mathieu Debuchy's crossed was blocked by Honduras defender for a corner.
57' - France SUB:Paul Pogba out, Moussa Sissoko in.
55' - Karim Benzema got another opportunity. but wasted as Noel Valladares completed a comfortable save to deny the Frenchman a hat-trick.
52' - France 2-0 Honduras. After that prolong delayed, play resumed but soon Oscar Garcia, who was one of the new subs made during the interval, got a booking for a nasty foul on Evra.
47' - Own Goal for Honduras goalie!! Benzema invoked Goal-line technology. After some anxious moments, the goal was allowed to stand. In between, both the coaches engaged in know-hows.
For the players, Yohan Cabaye delivered a perfect cross from the Real Madrid frontman.
46' - Second-half underway as France look to increase the goal count against ten-men Honduras.
HALF-TIME France 1-0 Honduras
45+3' - In the last minutes of the first half, Maynor Figueroa got a rebuttal from the referee for a bad tackle. From the free-kick, France almost scored a second but the Honduras goalie produced a good save.
45' - Three minutes added. In between, Yohan Cabaye received a Yellow Card for a lunging tackle.
44' - France 1 - 0 Honduras. After a long delay, Benzema made it one up for France. Seventh goal in his seven matches.
42' - A Red Card and Penalty. Wilson Palacios pushed Pogba in front of the goal-mouth.
40' - France won a corner after few anxious moments in the Honduras box. Another stoppage as Maynor Figueroa received medical attention following a grappling tussle with French players.
39' - It seems, Honduras have gained some confidence after braving the initial French storm. Now, they are enjoying possessions in the centre.
38' - Honduras got a goal-kick after the ball went out of play from the French build up.
36' - France won a corner, but the attempt from the far side was reduced to a mere interplay between the players as the ball was rolled back to their own half.
35' - Andy Najar's cross almost created a clear cut chance for Honduras, but there was no support for the winger to convert.
33' - Honduras are in a good spell, matching France's play in the midfield, with some clinical passes.
29' - Both the sides cooled down after the short stoppage. After few turns in ball possession, Honduras got a goal-kick.
27' - Players involved themselves in a tussle after Pogba and Palacios engaged in a duel. Referee shown Yellow card for both the players after a short delay.
24' - A rare chance for Honduras. But from the counter, France presented themselves a chance but Benzema's header just missed the target.
23' - Again, another French attack. Evra's teaching delivery got one of his teammate's header hitting the bar... for the second time today.
21' - Mamadou Sakho, in the heart of the defence, got himself involved in the built up. After few passes, the ball got into the Hunduras half, with Yohan Cabaye getting a shot from the distance.
19' - Nice trick from Paul Pogba as he get passed two Honduras players before releasing the ball for Evra on the left.
18' - Victor Bernardez received medical attention after getting a knock.
17' - It's all France. Yet another free-kick as a collision in the centre resulted in the referee deciding in favour of the Europeans.
15' - Blaise Matuidi missed a golden chance to score as his left footed attempt from a corner failed to hit the target.
13' - Honduras are building their attack, but after few passing around, the ball went out of play. Debuchy with the throw, and from the following play, Valbuena's run was halted with a sliding tackle. Free-kick to France.
11' - Another free-kick in the same area after a Honduras defender got hold of Karim Benzama. But again, it was a poor attempt from the set-piece for France.
9' - France earned a free-kick in a dangerous area, some 28 metres from the goal-line. But the attempt from the 1998 World Cup champions was a poor one.
8' - Little brave run from Mathieu Debuchy from the right, but his final delivery could only find the Honduras goalie. Easy take for Valladares.
6' - Close call for Noel Valladares as the Honduras goalie stooped low to clear an advancing ball. In the resulting play, Evra body blocked Andy Najar on the run. That's a booking. Yellow Card.
5' - Roger Espinoza and Emilio Izaguirre combined for a little play in the French half. But a timely tackle from one of the defenders cut short Honduras' progress.
4' - Benzema got an opportunity inside the Honduras box but two defenders blocked his way as the ball went out of play.
3' - Throw in for Honduras as Raphael Varane block a Roger Espinoza run in the left flank.
2' - France quickly won possession but, after few exchanges in the middle, including a throw-in, Honduras got the hold.
1' - Honduras start from the centre, in all white. France, in the dark. The European side is unbeaten in 2014.
Unfortunately, there will be no national anthems.
Brazilian referee, Sandro Meira Ricci, will conduct today's match in Porto Alegre.
Here are the team line-ups:
France: 1 - Hugo Lloris, 2 - Mathieu Debuchy, 4 - Raphael Varane, 5 - Mamadou Sakho, 3 - Patrice Evra, 6 - Yohan Cabaye, 19 - Paul Pogba, 8 - Mathieu Valbuena, 14 - Blaise Matuidi, 11 - Antoine Griezmann, 10 - Karim Benzema
SUBS: 23 - Mickael Landreau, 12 - Rio Mavuba, 15 - Bacary Sagna, 20 - Loic Remy, 16 - Stephane Ruffier, 22 - Morgan Schneiderlin, 18 - Moussa Sissoko, 9 - Olivier Giroud, 21 - Laurent Koscielny, 13 - Eliaquim Mangala, 7 - Remy Cabella
Honduras: 18 - Noel Valladares, 3 - Maynor Figueroa, 21 - Brayan Beckeles, 17 - Andy Najar, 5 - Victor Bernardez, 7 - Emilio Izaguirre, 19 - Luis Garrido, 8 - Wilson Palacios, 15 - Roger Espinoza, 13 - Carlo Costly, 11 - Jerry Bengtson
SUBS: 14 - Oscar Garcia, 20 - Jorge Claros, 2 - Osman Chavez, 10 - Mario Martinez, 23 - Marvin Chavez, 22 - Donis Escober, 6 - Juan Carlos Garcia, 12 - Edder Delgado, 9 - Jerry Palacios, 4 - Juan Pablo Montes, 16 -Rony Martinez, 1 -Luis Lopez Fernandez
France start as the overwhelming favourites to win their Group E opener against Honduras. But in a World Cup match, there are no favourites. In fact, Honduras showed hold England to a goalless draw in their final warm-up game. Playing in their second successive Finals, Honduras will need a spirited performance from everyone. However, coach Luis Fernando Suarez will expect his star wards in Wilson Palacios, Maynor Figueroa, Jerry Bengtson, and Roger Espinoza to give more than 100 percent to beat the fancied European side.
For France, it`s a much win match because, a slip up against the so-called minnows will put themselves in a spot of bother, as the group has two tactically strong teams in Switzerland and Ecuador.
Despite the absence of star winger Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps will have the services of Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema and hosts of other established players. Their warm-up performance against Jamaica, in which Les Blues scored eight goals, should auger well for the team.