Mathieu Debuchy played all 90 minutes and Moussa Sissoko was a 56th minute substitute as France soundly defeated Honduras 3-0 Sunday in Group E play. Honduras played with 10 men for the entire second half after Wilson Palacios was sent off for two bookings just before the halftime whistle.
Debuchy was particularly influential, as he and Mathieu Valbuena torched the left side of the Honduras defense all game long. Following Palacios' exit, he was able to play in an advanced role virtually the entire half (not that he was having any trouble overlapping in the first place). Debuchy featured in the run-up to the third goal, as a corner designed for a long shot from him was deflected to Karim Benzema, who coolly slotted his second tally home.
For his part, Sissoko played a box-to-box type role that suits his playing style (as opposed to the way he's typically deployed in Alan Pardew's formation), and got involved in some decent chances before France packed it in early. At one point, he, Debuchy, and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye (who started and played 64 minutes) combined on a nice sequence that was just enough to make a Newcastle fan's heart ache.
Cabaye also provided the cross on what ended up being counted as an own goal for goalkeeper Noel Valladares. That score was the first real use of the goal line technology in the cup and confirmed a goal that probably would have been disallowed without the aid of the camera.
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Loic Remy, who is still technically on loan at Newcastle, did not play. France next play Switzerland, who defeated Ecuador in extra time earlier in the day, on Friday. Les Bleus currently lead Group E on goal differential.