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World Cup Finals 2014
Match of the Day Live: France v Honduras
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Live coverage from Porto Alegre of the second match in Group E. Much like England, France have arrived in Brazil with a callow squad having flushed out the ringleaders of the dressing room mutiny which caused such embarrassment in South Africa four years ago. Samir Nasri has been perhaps the most contentious omission by head coach Didier Deschamps, who is intent on creating a harmonious camp.
Emerging talent Paul Pogba has had a strong season in Serie A – and is attracting interest from Man United at a price of £60 million – and this game could hinge on how the 21-year-old handles the bully-boy tactics of the tournament’s weakest team. The bookmakers rate Honduras as least favourites - 32nd out of 32 – and they’ll rely on the roughhousing tactics which unsettled England in their last warm-up match before the tournament.
If Les Bleus can survive the early physical exchanges, this represents an excellent opportunity to get off to a convincing start. Franck Ribery may be missing from their attack through injury, but in Karim Benzema they have one of Europe’s most potent attackers who finally looks ready to unlock his potential on the biggest stage. Presented by Gary Lineker, with commentary by Jonathan Pearce and Martin Keown.
France v Honduras (Kick-off 8.00pm). Coverage of the opening World Cup Group E match for both sides, which takes place at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil. France were the envy of many nations when they were handed arguably the easiest group from which to progress, having only narrowly qualified for the tournament following their play-off victory over Ukraine, which saw them overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit to reach their fifth successive finals. With Switzerland and Ecuador the other sides involved, France will expect their star-studded squad to finish top and reach the last 16, where they may also be handed a favourable draw against a team from Group F. However, the Central Americans will be looking to add to Les Bleus' poor recent record in major tournaments, which has seen them struggle ever since finishing as runners-up in the 2006 World Cup, in the first competitive meeting between the two. Presented by Gary Lineker, with commentary by Jonathan Pearce and Martin Keown.
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