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The World United Through Football Sunday, 15th June

Group Match - Let's Get Physical

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Travel to France France vs Travel to Honduras Honduras in Porto Alegre.

Match Preview

France and Honduras have never met before in international football competition.

France may have made it to Brazil through the back door but they seem to have landed on their feet in a group with Switzerland as the seeded team.

The Match

No Frank Ribery for France but hopefully their team spirit is better than it was in South Africa 2010.

Having watched a last-minute Swiss victory against Ecuador, France would know they needed to beat Honduras.

No national anthems were played so there was a little extra waiting for the official FIFA start time to arrive.

Once the game did get underway, most of the early momentum came from France; Honduras' Noel Valladares pushing a close-range left-footer on to the bar from Blaise Matuidi.

Honduras escaped again when Antoine Griezmann headed onto the bar in the 23rd minute.

A few minutes later the Brazilian referee had a tough decision to make; after Wilson Palacios and Paul Pogba tangled rather overenthusiastically. Palacios wriggled and writhed, while Pogba tried to show that he was hurt too; although he kicked out at Palacios while lying on the floor.

France could so easily have been down to ten men. Sandro Ricci stayed calm, producing just a yellow card to each player. Both would have to be careful in what had been a very physical start to the match.

Wilson Palacios sent off Shortly before half-time, Yohan Cabaye crossed into Paul Pogba who took the ball on his chest and was barged in the back by Wilson Palacios. Ricci only had one choice this time.

Goalscorers 1:0
After a lengthy delay, Karim Benzema - with sweat dripping down his face - put France in a deserved lead from the penalty spot.

Half-time: France 1 - Honduras 0

France started the second-half with a man advantage but there was soon some controversy with the second goal.

Goalscorers 2:0
Karim Benzema's shot from the left came back off the far post (goal technology says no goal) and hits Noel Valladares at the front post, the ball rolled over the line but the goalkeeper scooped it back.

Benzema celebrated but the referee and linesmen weren't so sure. Goal technology had said no goal, but now it was a goal. Clear enough and eventually the goal was given to France; as an own goal.

Goalscorers 3:0
Mathieu Debuchy's shot, from Mathieu Valbuena's pulled back free-kick, was blocked but Karim Benzema was on hand to fire home the third goal for France; high into the roof of the Honduras net.

The final twenty minutes was almost played at walking pace.

Final Score: France 3 - Honduras 0

1:0 - Karim Benzema (45 mins, penalty)
2:0 - Noel Valladares (48 mins, own goal)
3:0 - Karim Benzema (72 mins)


Travel to France France:
1-Hugo Lloris; 2-Mathieu Debuchy, 4-Raphael Varane, 5-Mamadou Sakho, 3-Patrice Evra; 19-Paul Pogba, 6-Yohan Cabaye, 14-Blaise Matuidi; 8-Mathieu Valbuena, 10-Karim Benzema, 11-Antoine Griezmann.

Travel to Honduras Honduras:
18-Noel Valladares; 21-Brayan Beckeles, 5-Victor Bernardez, 3-Maynor Figueroa, 7-Emilio Izaguirre; 17-Andy Najar, 8-Wilson Palacios, 19-Luis Garrido, 15-Roger Espinoza; 11-Jerry Bengtson, 13-Carlo Costl.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Sandro Ricci - Brazil Travel to Brazil

Wilson Palacios sent off 1 red card:
42 mins - Paul Pogba (France)

Yellow Cards 6 yellow cards:
7 mins - Patrice Evra (France)
27 mins - Wilson Palacios (Honduras)
27 mins - Paul Pogba (France)
45 mins - Yohan Cabaye (France)
52 mins - Boniek Garcia (Honduras)
82 mins - Luis Garrido (Honduras)

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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