PARIS—France got their FIFA World Cup campaign off to a fantastic start with a straightforward 3-0 win over Group E minnows Honduras in Porto Alegre.
With the pressure on, Benzema delivered one of his most accomplished performances to date for the national team, while his teammates were mature and assured as Honduran tempers frayed as the game went on.
Los Catrachos’ Wilson Palacios saw red before half time after accumulating two yellow cards in tussles with France's Paul Pogba. Benzema coverted the spot-kick, with Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares credited with France’s second after goal-line technology ruled that he had carried the ball over the line.
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Having seen Switzerland score a dramatic late winner against Ecuador, Deschamps was be delighted with his side’s performance. However, there is still room for improvement and Les Bleus know that they will need to build on a solid first showing in time for next Friday’s clash with the Swiss.
"This is a very good start. We've had good times during our preparation, but this is competition, Deschamps told TF1 shortly after the final whistle. "Winning today is a very good start. We will enjoy this victory... 3-0 win in the World Cup, because it's never easy."
"We have been patient. We had our chance and hit the bar twice in the first period. We did well. Pleasure is total in football when there is victory. Congratulations to the players."
Here are six things we learned from France's comfortable 3-0 win over Honduras.