2014 WC group ‘E’: Fact file: France vs Honduras

This will be the first ever international meeting between France and Honduras.

France’s only win in their last nine World Cup group matches came in 2006 against Togo. Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry scored the goals to ensure France finished group runners-up to Switzerland.

Les Bleus have only scored one goal from open play in their last six World Cup games.

Since lifting the trophy in 1998, France have failed to score in all three World Cup openers, drawing two 0-0 and losing 1-0 to Senegal in 2002.

Franck Ribéry was France’s top scorer and assist provider during the qualifiers, with five goals and six assists in 10 games, play-offs included.

Karim Benzema has scored six goals in as many games for France since ending a 15-match goal drought at international level.

No European side benefited from more goals from substitutes than France (four) in World Cup 2014 qualification.

Honduras have failed to score in their last four World Cup games and bowed out of the 2010 edition without finding the net.

Their only win in the last seven games was 2-1 at home to a below-strength Venezuela in March.

Luis Fernando Suarez’s side have won just one of their last 11 games outside Honduras – against Mexico in September.

Jerry Bengtson was Honduras’ top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers with nine goals in 12 games.

Ten members of the squad were selected for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Current form
France are ranked number 17 in the current FIFA ranking, while Ecuador are ranked 33

Last five matches by France
Friendly internationals 2014
08.06.2014 France – Jamaica 8:0 (3:0)
 LilleStade Pierre-Mauroy
Friendly internationals 2014
01.06.2014 France – Paraguay 1:1 (0:0)
 NiceAllianz Riviera
Friendly internationals 2014
27.05.2014 France – Norway 4:0 (1:0)
 Saint-DenisStade de France
Friendly internationals 2014
05.03.2014 France – Netherlands 2:0 (2:0)
World Cup 2014, Qualifying tournament, Europe, Playoff

19.11.2013 France – Ukraine 3:0 (2:0)
They have won 4 and drawn 1 of their last 5 matches

Last 5 matches by Honduras
Friendly internationals 2014
07.06.2014 England – Honduras 0:0
 USA, MiamiSun Life Stadium
Friendly internationals 2014
01.06.2014 Honduras – Israel 2:4 (0:1)
 USA, HoustonBBVA Compass Stadium
Friendly internationals 2014
29.05.2014 Turkey – Honduras 2:0 (0:0)
Friendly internationals 2014
05.03.2014 Honduras – Venezuela 2:1 (1:1)
Friendly internationals 2013
19.11.2013 Honduras – Ecuador 2:2 (0:1)
They have won 1, lost 2 amd drawn 2 of their last 5 matches

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