U20WC: Honduras falls to France

Honduras' Jorge Alvarez (left) and Carlos Pineda (right) defend Jeando Fuchs of France during their FIFA U-20 World Cup match on May 22, 2017, in Cheonan, South Korea. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHEONAN, Korea Republic – France scored two goals in the first half and earned a 3-0 win over Honduras in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup opener for each on Monday at the Cheonan Sports Complex. 

After Vietnam and New Zealand played to a scoreless draw later in the day, the French sit alone atop the Group E table. 

Jean-Kevin Augustin fired a venomous free kick into the back of the net to give France a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute and Amine Harit doubled the advantage in the 44th minute with an effort from outside the box that took a deflection. 

Substitute Martin Terrier squeezed in between a pair of Honduran defenders to net an insurance goal in the 81st minute, heading home a Denis Poha free kick. 

Next up for Honduras: Thursday, May 25 v New Zealand