PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Sporting Alert.com) — Karim Benzema leads the attack for France as Olivier Giroud was left on the bench for this evening’s FIFA World Cup Group E clash with Honduras at Estadio Beira-Rio.
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Giroud was hoping to get the nod over Benzema, but manager Didier Deschamps has decided to go with the Real Madrid forward in his starting XI.
Antoine Griezmann also starts for the Les Bleus, along with Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba and Mathieu Valbuena.
Patrice Evra, Raphaël Varane and Mathieu Debuchy are in the back line, while Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny have been left on the bench.
Moussa Sissoko, Rémy Cabella, Eliaquim Mangala and Loïc Rémy are also named as substitutes for the Group E favourites.
France is without the injured Franck Ribery, who pulled out of the tournament late because of a back problem.
For Honduras, Maynor Figueroa, Wilson Palacios, Roger Espinoza and Carlo Costly are all members of the CONCACAF side’s starting lineup.
Honduras comes into the game as huge underdogs, but will be hoping to do the same thing Costa Rica did to Uruguay and shock France.
France v Honduras
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Varane, Sakho, Evra, Pogba, Cabaye, Matuidi, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann. Subs: Ruffier, Cabella, Giroud, Mavuba, Mangala, Sagna, Digne, Sissoko, Remy, Koscielny, Schneiderlin, Landreau
Honduras: Valladares, Beckeles, Bernardez, Figueroa, Izaguirre, Najar, Wilson Palacios, Garrido, Espinoza, Bengtson, Costly. Subs: Lopez, Osman Chavez, Montes, Juan Garcia, Jerry Palacios, Mario Martinez, Delgado, Oscar Garcia, Rony Martinez, Claros, Marvin Chavez, Escober
Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci (Brazil)