France opened their FIFA World Cup account with a 3-0 win over Group E minnows Honduras in Porto Alegre. Under pressure to perform in Brazil, Karim Benzema rose to the occasion to score twice and play a big role in all three goals at Estadio Beira-Rio on Sunday.
With three points finally under their belt after an opening win—the first time Les Bleus have managed to win their first game in the tournament in 16 years—confidence is now high. Yes, it was “only Honduras” and the French needed Wilson Palacios to be sent off before finally opening the scoring through Benzema’s penalty, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.
2 - #FRA have already scored more goals at the 2014 World Cup than they did in the 2010 edition (1). Transformed.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 15, 2014
That is what France did and they can now approach Friday’s clash with Switzerland in Salvador with growing optimism.
Here are five reasons why French fans should be looking forward to the clash at Arena Fonte Nova and the final Group E meeting with Ecuador.