The 11th match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup will be between France and Honduras scheduled on the 15th of June at Estadio Beira Rio located in Porto Alegre. The match will kick off at exactly GMT -3 Brazilian time. With Frank Ribery missing this opening match due to an injury, France have to work extra hard since their counterparts will take this as an advantage to themselves.
This will be a very hot match that one does not expect to miss. France with the absence of its key player will have to go an extra mile so as to begin their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign on a very high note. Watch out this space.
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France is a team that has for years been on the limelight of the world cup. In fact it is one of the favorite teams of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. France won the 1998 world cup and also finished in the second position during the 2006 World Cup.
During the 1986, 1982 and 1958 world cup tournaments, France managed to reach the semifinal stages. Despite being difficult to replace Ribery, France will have to work on other combinations to make the match a successful one.
Didier Deschamps who is the manager of France will be forced to employ a new form of playing. In the pre-world cup warm up match that France played, it managed to secure an 8-0 victory over Jamaica. This shows that Deschamps men have their morale very high determined to win this match against Honduras.
Honduras, a team that comes from Central part of America has been to the world cup, this being their third time. They qualified for the 1982 and 2010 world cup tournaments. Despite having tough times during their qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Honduras seem to be much focused on perform much better at this summer tournament.
When they played England in a pre-world cup warm up match, the game ended in a barren draw, Honduras however lost 2-0 to Turkey and 2-4 against Israel. The team prides of a strong defense however, it lacks the strikers who are of high quality.
This may turn against them when they face France. Honduras is that team which should not at all cost be underrated.
KEY PLAYERS OF THE MATCH:
With France lacking the efforts of Ribery, it will have to depend more on Karim Benzema and Olivier Giroud. The pair will play a key role in the 15th June match. In the friendly match against Jamaica, Benzema netted twice and three goal assists. With the duo in place, Didier Deschamps do have his confidence in winning the Sunday’s match.
Honduras on the other hand will have to rely much on the efforts and skills of Roger Espinoza who plays in the midfielder position. Emilio Izaguirre who is defender will have to combine his efforts with Espinoza it their campaign to secure victory against France.
HEAD TO HEAD:
France and Honduras have never played against each other before hence this is going to be their first meeting. France however are at position 17 compared to Honduras who are in the 33 position according to the recent FIFA ranking results.
To be honest, Honduras have nothing to stop France from winning this match. Although it has a defence that is strong, Giroud will be able to handle it very well. The match will end 4-0 in favor of France.