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France 3, Honduras 0: Sakho Strong at the Back as France East Past Honduras

Mamadou Sakho and France eased past Honduras in a chippy match that saw Karim Benzema bag a brace and Wilson Palacios sent off for a pair of fouls on Paul Pogba.

Jeff Gross

France 3: Benzema (pen.) 45' 72', Valladares (og) 48'
Honduras 0

Mamadou Sakho got the start alongside Raphael Varane in defense, and the pair combined to nullify any Honduran threat in the comfortable 3-0 win. Wilson Palacios was booked twice for Honduras in the first half for fouls on Paul Pogba, the first of which probably should have been a straight red for stamping on the Juventus midfielder multiple times. The second led to France's penalty as he barged through Pogba, and Karim Benzema coolly converted the spot-kick to give France the lead heading into the half. They doubled the lead shortly after the restart, with Karim Benzema volleying off the post and forcing Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares into fumbling the ball into his own net to put GoalControl front and center. France were expectedly dominant from there, getting another from Benzema and coasting the rest of the way.

For Sakho it was an assured and confident display, one that quieted any pre-match discontent about his inclusion ahead of Laurent Koscielny. The Arsenal defender's lingering achilles injury likely had more to do with ruling him out than anything else, but Sakho continues to impress and should be first-choice in the coming days and weeks.

France will now wait until Friday, when they face Switzerland--who defeated Ecuador with a stoppage time winner earlier in the day--in Salvador.

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