France vs Honduras, World Cup 2014: live
FULL TIME: FRANCE 3 HONDURAS 0 The ref has seen enough. France impressive, Benzema with two goals and hand in the other. Honduras were dirty and negative, Wilson Palacios deservedly sent off in the first half. Hard to have any sympathy with them, they kicked the French from pillar to post, but they had no answer to the class of Les Bleus. Valbuena was excellent, and Benzema looks in fine goalscoring form. Hard to read the form from this game because Honduras played zero football, but France look to be in good shape.
91 mins: Honduras finally commit men forward, get caught, and France are five or six on three. Evra cuts it back and Matuidi shoots well over. Should have done better. There will be three minutes of extra time.
88 mins: Can the French get one more? Evra, who is okay, gets to the byline and Griezmann nearly nips in but is bundled off it, fairly on this occasion.
85 mins: Garrido nails Matuidi with a high tackle on the knee. Booked. This is a bit ridic now. I love it.
82 mins: France now just stroking it about. Benzema eyes up a volley in the box but Garcia does enough to put him off.
pre bonded hair78 mins: Bit of actual football from Honduras.
77 mins: Worries for France with Evra seemingly having turned his ankle. Looks like he is okay to carry on. Mathieu Valbuena, on the other hand, has done his work for the evening. And excellent work it was, too. He's off, and O Giroud is on.
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73 mins: I wanted Honduras to win before kick off- got to back the underdog, innit? - but what a bunch of dirty, negative cheats. Hope France get another few more.
GOAL! Corner, finds Debuchy on the edge of the area. Excellent shot but it's blocked. It falls to Benzema in the box, he takes a touch and smacks a wonderful shot home at the near post. He's in some form, this guy. FRANCE 3 HONDURAS 0 (Benzema 72)
70 mins: Figueroa with a nasty and cynical challenge on Valbuena, remarkably he isn't booked.
69 mins: Haven't been able to enjoy the football since that second goal. What the hell is wrong with Jonathan Pearce? They showed a picture of something in one place. Then a short time later, the thing was in another place. So they made a ruling based on the thing's second position, not the thing's first position. That doesn't mean the tech didn't work or that it was unclear. As reader Osahon Aimiuwu says:
The commentator's constant reference to the second goal as 'controversial' is really upsetting. I mean, how difficult is it to understand that it wasn't a goal initially, then it was. Looks really clear cut from here.
65 mins: French looking classy now, complete control, only a matter of how many more they get. Or how many more fouls the Hondurans can make.
64 mins: Mavuba on Cabaye off.
62 mins: Pearce's brain has been fried by the techno puzzle. He's now called "3-0 to France!" after Mataudi shot into the side netting.
58 mins: Jonathan Pearce is being a massive pain in the neck. "The controversial second goal." It wasn't controversial. It was just that you didn't understand what was going on. They showed a picture of something that wasn't a goal. And then, shortly afterwards, there was a picture of another thing that was a goal. Like if you took a picture of an egg in a carton. And then another picture a few sconds later of an egg beind fried in a frying pan. Do you see, Jonathan? DO YOU SEE?
57 mins: Exciting for me becuase former Hibby Jorge Claros has come on. He's a defensive midfielder. Honduras now have approximately 47 defensive midfielders on the pitch. Najar off.
56 mins: Pogba, a candidate for a second yellow, is taken off. Sissoko on.
53 mins: Sorry, taken me a while to type all that. In the meantime, there hasn't been too much football, but there have been several excellent fouls from Honduras. Boniek Garcia, who has only just come on, with a dirty one on Evra.
remy hair extensionsMartin Keown: "When the ball hits the post it comes back and is not over the line, but then it hits the goalkeeper and now it is. That's the moment when the ball goes over."
GOAL! And ruled by goal-line technology. A wonderful cross from the right and Benzema aboslutely cracks it at the goal. It hits the far post and bounces back, hitting the goalkeeper. He's bundled it over his own line, hard luck really because he had no time to get out of the way. Goal-line technology rules that it is a goal.
There is further controversy though because they now anounce in the stadium that it was not a goal. Boos and cheers abound. The goal tech was saying it wasn't a goal at the far post, but that it was knocked over the line by the keeper.
Jonathan Pearce carrying on like it's the hardest thing to understand, ever. Let me break it down:
Techno replay one: the ball wasn't over the line
Techno replay two, a split second later: the ball was over the line. FRANCE 2 HONDURAS 0 (Valladares OG 48)
46 mins: Beckeles - the one who was sent off against England - catches Valbuena.
21.03 We're back. Two subs for Honduras Garcia on for Bengtson and Chavez on for Bernardez; it looks like they are going to try and shut up shop.
21.01 The BBC cut to Rio Ferdinand in, erm, Rio, as he explains how exciting it is to be in one of football's great cathedrals: the Maracana.
“You can smell the likes of Pele have been here," says Rio.
20.58 An email from Jim Hatch:
Fascinating game! Honduras has the highest crime rate of all countries and it creeps into their footballing style.
And one from Jean Sullivan
No question – Spain vs Holland. Everyone seems mesmerized by van Persie flying through the air, and while that put them on the board and restored confidence, for my money, his second goal where he saw a chance and out-maneuvered Casillas was the more impressive. And Robben’s sprint down the field for the last goal where he came from behind, and then out-maneuvered two from Spain to send it home was brilliant.
HALF TIME: FRANCE 1 HONDURAS 0 Only one side playing any football, France look quite handy, their exciting young attacking players making some pacy and insightful runs. They've hit the bar and they were denied by a wonder save. Honduras haven't done anything apart from kick Frenchmen, which is not without its merits as a policy, but they're deservedly down to ten men, Wilson Palacios lost the plot. Hard to see them getting back into it. Join me in a couple of minutes and we'll find out.
45+ mins: Plenty of injury time and there's a lot of joy for the French down the left, with Cheryl Matuidi's cross just cut out, and now Evra fouled. Whipped in by Valbuena, and another good save by the keeper. That's the half. William:
Quite amazing NFL-style challenge from Palacios for the penalty. His dismissal will hopefully mean an end to the ridiculous am-dram tumblings of the Honduras team, of which he was the lead performer.
45 mins: France deserved that, they have been much the better side and Honduras have offered little else other than dirty play. Cabaye, though, has also got himself a yellow for chopping Bengtson.
GOAL! Benzema had to wait a long time to take that penalty but he has lashed it home with some style. Hit very hard and high into the net, no stopping that, and it's FRANCE 1 HONDURAS 0 (Benzema 45 pen)
43 mins: Penalty to France! Wilson Palacios shoulder-barges Pogba in the area and I don't think there's much debate that this is a penalty. Second yellow and he's off! Palacios had gone out there to kick everything in a French shirt, and he's paid the price.
40 mins: Great skill Pogba, wriggles away from a couple of challengers, and Debuchy surges onto the ball. Bernardez blocks the cross and twists his knee painfully in the process. "It was great defending, if it's the last thing he does," says Martin Keown. I don't think they are going to put him down, Martin. Anyhow, it drops to Benzema, who might have done better.
37 mins: Figueroa touches Benzema lightly in the back, Benzema goes down easily in the box. Referee Ricci has got a tiger by the tail with this game, I reckon.
36 mins: Griezmann with some Riverdance-style quick foot trickery, slips it to the overlapping Matuidi, but he cannot get the cross in. The resulting corner is cleared.
34 mins: Palacios links up well with Najar but there are too many Frenchmen in position. Figueroa with a silly long range attempt.
32 mins: That three-minute delay while the ref decided whether to send anyone off seems to have taken the wind out of the French sails a bit. Honduras continuing to be pretty dirty.
29 mins: Anyhow, everyone calms down and we get back to the football. French are well on top, comfortable on the ball but marrying that with some pace and power, they look a good side. They also look a little too casual at the back, as Varane dithers on the ball and is nearly punished.
25 mins: Yes! Massive row! Pogba is down and he's lashed out at Palacios, who might well win an Oscar. They tustled for the ball, Palacios gets two or three dirty little kicks in at him, but now Pogba has lost it and flicked a kick at him, shade of Beckham-Simeone, and Palacios, like I say, is carrying on like he's been shot. A lot of players of both sides surround the ref, and there is a big decision for the ref to make here: Pogba should probably get a red by the letter of the law, but the ref takes the common sense approach and books both Palacios and Pogba.
23 mins: Lovely football from the French left, raking ball across, it's cut back from the touchline by Valbuena and Benzema isn't far off with an effort. That would have been some goal, a rapier move.
22 mins: Debuchy slides in on Palacios, who gestures to the ref that this is the second time he has caught him. Fair point.
perruques cheveux naturels21 mins: Deep cross from Evra, header from Griezmann, who has peeled off at the back stick... hits the bar!
20 mins: Excellent run from Cabaye, exchanges passes with Benzema but it's half intercepted, Cabaye gets the break of the ball though and has a shot. Wide.
19 mins: A bit of treatment and injury as Honduras slow the game down, sensibly so becuase France are swarming over them at the moment.
16 mins: Pogba and Palacios go up for a high ball and the latter comes off worse. Good physical game this. Definitely got high hopes for a punch-up here. Now another hard tackle leaves Bernardez on the deck, and Palacios has clashed with Valbuena. Some needle on display.
14 mins: Izaguirre chops down Valbuena and, weirdly, we have a third freekick in almost the exact same spot down the France right, just about level with the edge of the box. This is the best one yet, there's a header half clear, Matuidi controls it, volleys... and keeper Valladares produces a world-class save to tip it onto the bar. Brilliant goalkeeping. Corner cleared.
13 mins: France look on their game, good energy, lots of runs being made.
11 mins: Ball hit forward, it hits Fugueroa on the arm and France get a freekick in identical position. This one better, whipped in, decent punch from the veteran keeper Valladares
9 mins: Freekick to France on the edge of the Honduran box. It's something from the training ground, and it should have stayed there. Awful. Valbuena dinks it to Benzema for a header from 18 yards. His header is 18 yards wide at least.
Jonathan Liew writes: "Technical issues prevented the singing of the national anthems, we're told. Although coming in the week that Michel Platini finally took a stand against Sepp Blatter, if you believe that you'll believe anything."
7 mins: Najar is too quick for Evra, who brings him down and injures himself in the process. Evra gets treatment and a yellow card.
6 mins: Griezmann brings it down on his chest and tries the snap shot. Blocked.
4 mins: Long ball forward, Bengtson looking to get onto that and Sakho has wandered out of position. Luckily for the French, the offside flag is raised.
2 mins: Emilio - as in Izaguirre - with a run down the left. Bit of mild argy barg between Bengtson and Cabaye. I'd like to see a real dirty game, that's about the only thing we haven't had yet.
1 mins: We're off. Incidentally, there have been no anthems and no announcements of the teams etc; presumably the PA system is bust. Varane, the highly rated young centre back, uses his pace to do a nice bit of tidying up.
19.59 Before we get underway, let's just enjoy again the drone spies on French camp story.
19.58 A look at the teams. I've just learned from the TV that uncompromising Honduras centre back Bernardez is nicknamed THE NIGHTMARE.
19.55 Conditions should help France, breezy afternoon, it's around 18 degrees C, blue skies.
19.52 Savage explains how, when his Leicester City side used to play against Henry's Arsenal, they would swarm around Henry "like bees" and make the game as physical as possible "and you didn't like playing against it, did you Thierry?"
Henry: "We managed."
19.51 The teams again
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann. Subs: Ruffier, Cabella, Giroud, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin, Landreau.
Honduras: Valladares, Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre, Najar,Wilson Palacios, Garrido, Espinoza, Bengtson, Costly. Subs: Lopez, Osman Chavez, Montes, Juan Garcia, Jerry Palacios, Mario Martinez, Delgado, Oscar Garcia, Rony Martinez, Claros, Marvin Chavez, Escober.
Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci (Brazil)
19.50 They're making Robbie Savage read out the Honduras team. Game effort with some of the names. Thierry Henry rates the Honduras striker Jerry Bengtson, who he says is an old fashioned, natural goalscorer.
19.49 Outside of war zones, Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. Crikey.
19.48 "Like I care what you think": Sir Alex Ferguson on Robbie Savage (possibly).
19.47 "Poor decision from Sir Alex to let Paul Pogba leave Man United:" Robbie Savage.
19.46 "Wherever he goes, he wins": Henry on Descahamps.
19.45 Whatever France do or don't do this tournament, they surely cannot be any worse than at 2010, when Anelka was sent home, Evra had a stand-up public row with coach Raymond Domenech.
Thierry Henry: "I don't know what Anelka said in the dressing room but we wanted to show support for our team-mate. We were never intending to miss a game. We thought it was wrong to send him home. With hindsight, we did the wrong thing and would not do it again. Everybody was wrong, me, the boss, everybody."
19.40 Porto Allegre is the Southern-most venue in the tournament, it's a cool afternoon there, and Martin Keown is surprised that Arsenal's Giroud is not playing; but then immediately says that he can understand why the hot Benzema is playing.
19.35 Clarence Seedorf! Love you Clarence. Call us yeah? He reckons England will still qualify.
19.31 Gary Lineker's up and running. He's done a joke. We're watching a little montage of the good, the bad and the ugly of France over recent years.
19.30 Perhaps Sepp, unlike women footballers, should be made to wear longer shorts. Or trousers. Love that he has the armband. What an absolutely preposterous person.
Jonathan Liew tweets:
40 minutes to kick-off in Porto Alegre. France clearly already having a crisis summit.
19.22 And here is the Honduras side.
Honduras: Valladares, Izaguirre, Figueroa, Bernardez, Beckeles, Palacios, Garrido, Espinoza, Chavez, Bengtson, Costly.
19.20 Our man Jonathan Liew is at the game, and he's got the teams. Giroud misses out.
19.15 More comments from Deschamps on the Honduras side.
They are aggressive and know how to defend, I saw that in the friendly against England. They played very well as a team even with 10 players and they have good technical skills. But they don't just defend, otherwise they wouldn't be ranked 31st in the world.
19.10 Our Honduras blogger Joshua Nadel reports that France coach Didier Deschamps has upset the Hondurans.
While all appears calm, underneath the surface Honduras has concerns heading into Sunday’s match. Brayan Beckeles, initially on the squad as cover for Arnold Peralta, will be starting at right back; and some French comments seems geared towards getting into Los Catrachos’ heads.
When Peralta failed to recover from injury in time for Brazil, Luis Fernando Suárez chose to call in Edder Delgado, a midfielder, as a replacement. This has left the right back position dangerously thin. Beckeles is now the only natural player at the position, meaning that should something happen — either injury or a rash of reckless tackles — either Wilson Palacios, Andy Najar, or Juan Carlos García will have to adjust to the position on the most pressure-packed stage imaginable.
And then there are the mental games that come with the World Cup. The French press has made much of Steven Gerrard’s comments that Honduras played “aggressive” football, and repeatedly asked Deschamps about the topic. Deschamps noted that he had watched the Honduras-England match and had spoken to Jamaica’s coach about Los Catrachos style of play. While he attempted to sidestep the questions he eventually said that Honduras were “physically combative,” before adding that coaches had already received “messages about what the referees would do” if play became physical.
Deschamps’ comments brought a response from Espinoza, who suggested that teams like Argentina, France, and England all play a very physical game. Since “Honduras is small,” he argued, any mention of Honduran roughness is an effort to influence the way referees call the games.
Espinoza’s argument that Honduras is no more aggressive than other teams is largely borne out by data. In their ten qualifying matches in Concacaf’s final round, Honduran players received a total of 16 yellow cards, for an average of 1.6 cards per game. To put that in context, France and England each averaged 1.7 cards per game. Still, this gamesmanship must be a concern; Honduras cannot afford to worry about how referees will call the game. Marking tightly will be crucial for them against France.
What Honduras will hope is that they can move beyond the head games and do what they often do: play to the level of their opponents. Should they do so, responding positively when the pressure is on, they should be able to give France a tough match.
Read the full article here
19.00 No team news just yet.lace front wigs
Which French team will turn up, one wonders? Will it be the talented, classy French, or the fractious, sloppy French? Whatever happens, they will be doing it without F Ribery, who is injurd.
18.55 We've had yet another excellent and exciting match, between Switzerland and Ecuador, let's hope the evening's second game measures up. We've had 32 goals in nine games so far!
18.50 Evening all. Tyers here, excited to bring you a first look at the French side and, also to see if these Hondurans will try to kick seven bells out of them like they did England in that friendly recently.
Alan Tyers will be here from around 7pm with all of the pre-match build-up. Until then, have a read of this preview and be sure to return:
France striker Olivier Giroud is relishing the physical challenge which awaits should he be chosen to lead the line in the World Cup opener against Honduras.
The Group E minnows showed in their warm-up game against England that they are unlikely to shirk a tackle and more of the same is likely to be in store for Les Bleus in Porto Alegre on Sunday.
That will not worry burly Arsenal frontman Giroud, who told L'Equipe: "I like the contact and the physical battle. It is an asset for me against English defences."
Club and country colleague Laurent Koscielny added: "He is full of confidence. Today, as a focal point, we are beginning to see him at his best.
"It's good for him and it's good for the team. He can be an important element."
The absence of talisman Franck Ribery, who did not travel to Brazil due to a back injury, has created a selection dilemma for coach Didier Deschamps.
Montpellier's Remy Cabella replaced the Bayern Munich star in the squad but Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann is the likeliest man to take on Ribery's role.
France's build-up suggested Deschamps may instead pair Giroud and Loic Remy in a front two but, asked if the former's physicality will be an asset, the coach was non-committal.
"It could be," he said. "He is used to facing that in the Premier League.cosplay wigs
"But if we look at the recent past, he had difficulty against the Ukrainian defence (in the World Cup qualifying play-off), who also played very solidly."
Honduras are unlikely to tone down their uncompromising approach, if forward Jerry Bengtsson's pre-match comments are any indication.
The Central American side were unimpressed by a Canal+ feature, originally screened in February, entitled "Les miserables du Honduras", which painted a grim picture of the country's football as well as drawing attention to crowd violence in its domestic league.
Coach Luis Fernando Suarez has used the footage to motivate his side and Bengtsson said, in comments reported by Canal+: "There will be a bit of rancour for us in the match against France.
"We will give our all to show that we are not 'miserable'. They will see what we can do."