A great start for France

June 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, France, France News, Honduras, Honduras News, News
The whole world looked on as France and Honduras did battle at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil at the Estadio Beiro-Rio Porto in Alegre where France won won 3 – 0.

PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL - JUNE 15: Karim Benzema of France celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between France and Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 15, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

French national and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra was the first to go in to the books with a yellow card after committing a foul in the 7th minute.

France had the upper had early on with Matuidi taking shot from a free-kick rebound which unfortunately struck the cross-bar, much to the delight of the Honduran goal-minder Vallarades who was well beaten.

The French were unlucky again when Griezmann after receiving a beautiful cross from Evra connected with his head but the ball again not making it in to back of the net because of the ever steady cross-bar.

Much was expected from Real Madrid and French striker Karim Benzema, he was clinical in all play leading to the 18 yard box but couldn’t courage his final touches to score.

Winston Palacios who had been instrumental in both attack and defence for Honduras was given a red card after being booked for the second time because of foul play.

Palacios’ foul gave France a penalty which Benzema took coolly sending Vallarades in the wrong direction to put France ahead just before the half-time whistle.

The second-half offered new perspective to the soccer world when Benzema’s shot struck the crossbar, rebounded to the goal keepers gloves and was ruled not a goal.

New Goal-line technology had to be carried to clear confusion and a previously denied goal was ruled as an own-goal adding on to the misery that was the goal and man difference between the two teams.

Honduras tried to get back but they hardly tested French goal-keeper.

The French though kept pushing forward, eventually the Honduran defence cracked allowing again for Benzema to net home a goal from a very tight angle to make and end it at 3 – 0.

 

Lebogang Mokoena


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