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As it happened: France v Honduras

8:53AM Monday June 16, 2014

France played Honduras at the 2014 World Cup at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre 

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: Benzema notches brace

FULLTIME - France top Group E after defeating Honduras today. 

91mins - France 3-0 Honduras 

Blaise Matuidi gives it a whirl but watches as his shot rises high above the crossbar.

88mins - France 3-0 Honduras 

Not much going on here, except a lot of passing. Both teams looking to play out the three minutes of added time without incident.

80mins - France 3-0 Honduras 

Final change for France - Olly Giroud replaces Matty Valbuena.

73mins - France 3-0 Honduras 

Patrice Evra is taken from the field on a stretcher, but returns shortly after showing no signs of what was thought to be an ankle injury. 

72mins - France 3-0 Honduras

GOAL! This time the goal will be credited to Benzema. Valladares can't stop the shot coming from his left and deflects it into the back of the net. 

68mins - France 2-0 Honduras 

A chance there for Honduras, but Garcia nudges it straight into Lloris.

67mins - France 2-0 Honduras 

England cricketer Graeme Swann Tweets: 

65mins - France 2-0 Honduras 

Yohan Cabaye's day is over, replaced by Rio Mavuba.

64mins - France 2-0 Honduras 

Goal number three eludes France, just. Blaise Matuidi blasts his shot just left into the side of the net. 

58mins - France 2-0 Honduras

Najar goes off, and Jorge Claros is on for Honduras.

54mins - France 2-0 Honduras

Ominous signs for Honduras as Benzema gets another shot on-goal from close range.  

47mins - France 2-0 Honduras 

GOAL! Benzema strikes again. A brilliant through ball by Yohan Cabaye sets him up nicely for the shot. However, replays show it will be classed as an own goal after Valladares tipped in the deflection off the bar. Goal-line technology comes in handy for that one. 

HIGHLIGHT VIDEO: Valladares own goal

45mins - France 1-0 Honduras 

Play resumes. Honduras have made two changes - Boniek Garcia is on for Bengtson, while Bernardez is replaced by Osman Chavez.

HALFTIME: Watch VIDEO of Karim Benzema's penalty goal.

44mins France 1-0 Honduras

GOAL! Karim Benzema steps up and beats Valladares to take the lead with his 22nd goal for France. 

42mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Pogba goes down in the area, as Wilson Palacios picks up his second yellow and is sent off. Penalty to come. 

34mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

It's been all France so far. Honduras had a decent chance through Andy Najar whose cross from the right went over the bar.

26mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Tempers flare as Wilson Palacios is seen stamping on Pogba, who retaliates with a kick of his own. Both players cautioned by Brazilian ref Sandro Ricci.

24mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Again France coming close to drawing first blood. This time Valbuena launches a cross that finds Benzema, but the header floats over the bar

22mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Honduras just hanging on here as Antoine Griezmann sends his header into the bar. 

19mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Bernadez injures himself while challenging Benzema. 

15mins France 0-0 Honduras 

The ensuing free kick finds Blaise Matuidi, who is denied by another brilliant save by Valladares

13mins France 0-0 Honduras 

Valbuena tries to break but is felled with some enthusiasm by Maynor Figueroa.

10mins France 0-0 Honduras

Good save there by Honduras keeper Noel Valladares, who punched Mathieu Valbuena's free kick clear. 

7mins - France 0-0 Honduras

Patrice Evra picks up the first yellow card of the match for his challenge on Andy Najar.

5mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Honduras get close as a long ball finds Jerry Bengtson. But the flag is up for offside.

4mins - France 0-0 Honduras 

Honduras make a decent start, moving the ball well with crisp passing. But it must be said there is some real energy in this French midfield.

0min - France 0-0 Honduras 

Play gets underway with Honduras enjoying first use of the ball.

Pre match 

Kick-off is at 7:00am (NZT)

France and Honduras streamed onto the pitch as usual, greeted by a massive roar. But as players took their positions, it become clear something was missing: the singing of the national anthems.

FIFA did not provide an immediate explanation for why the songs weren't played.

France are looking to put their disappointing 2010 World Cup behind them when they face Honduras in Group E in Porto Alegre.

Despite a talent-laden squad, France suffered from deep internal turmoil with head coach Raymond Domenech in South Africa. The team failed to advance out of their group, and strife between teammates and their coach dominated headlines prior to their early exit.

The 2014 World Cup is expected to be different. Domenech is out, and Didier Deschamps is in. The former France defensive midfielder, who starred in the 1998 World Cup for the champions, has picked a rather young squad to represent Les Bleus. Deschamps knows that France, who are favorites to advance out of Group E, can't take underdog Honduras lightly.


France: Hugo Lloris (c), Mathieu Debuchy, Patrice Evra, Raphael Varane, Mamadou Sakho, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba

Honduras: Noel Valladares, Maynor Figueroa, Victor Bernardez, Emilio Izaguirre, Wilson Palacios, Jerry Bengtson, Carlo Costly, Roger Espinoza, Andy Najar, Luis Garrido, Brayan Beckeles