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Soccer-Benzema puts France 1-0 ahead against Honduras at halftime

Reuters

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) - A 45th-minute Karim Benzema penalty gave France a 1-0 lead over Honduras in their World Cup Group E match on Sunday at the end of a bruising first half in which Wilson Palacios of Honduras was sent off.

France dominated the half and almost took the lead in the 15th minute when a shot by Blaise Matuidi was tipped on to the crossbar by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

Les Bleus rattled the crossbar again in the 23rd minute from a header by Antoine Griezmann. (Reporting by Nigel Hunt, editing by Ed Osmond)

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