France were always expected to win this game, but with the way this years World Cup has been going, Honduras may have just surprised people but it wasn’t to be.

The first half almost ended 0-0 which would have looked bad for France (them being the favourite) but in the 45th minute, Wilson Palacios fouled Paul Pogba in the penalty area and the spot kick was given. Real Madrid star Karim Benzema would be the one to bravely step up and show the world what he could do under pressure from 12 yards. The penalty was converted well and France walked into their changing room as leaders at half time.

The rest of the game seemed to follow France’s lead as Honduras barely even put up a fight. Two minutes into the second half, Karim Benzema would shoot and hit the right goalpost, with the rebound coming back to the goalkeeper who attempted to grab the ball and bring it towards him. However it was a “fumble” and the ball looked to strike the goalkeepers chest, before bouncing backwards and crossing the line by mere inches. The goalkeeper would attempt to pull it back towards himself quickly as if he had saved his team from conceding, but  Goal Line Technology was used to decide that the ball went over the line and the referee would take the ball back to the center circle for kickoff again as the second goal of the game was declared an own goal and France were now winning 2-0. Poor Benzema would later strike a third goal for France in the 72nd minute but he would not get to keep the ball for a “hat trick” as the second goal counted as a keepers mistake and own goal (instead of a goal by Benzema), even though he had struck the original shot which led to it.

KEY PLAYERS: Honduras man Wilson Palacios was very active and fought hard for his inexperienced country against a national team that has won World Cups before. Eventually he received two separate yellow cards for his fouls on Paul Pogba but I hope instead of being seen as a “dirty” player, he is seen as a “tough competitor”.

Karim BENZEMA, of course. He deserves to say “I scored a hat trick in the World Cup” but unfortunately the second goal was declared an OWN goal despite him shooting and hitting the right post before the rebound would hit the goalkeeper and cross the line.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

Stuart Drewery

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red. I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.


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