France coach Didier Deschamps: “My only concern is the match against Nigeria,” he said, talking down speculation about his team’s prospects of going all the way. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA.

If there was an upside for Didier Deschamps to the various disasters that had befallen the French side in the years before he took charge, it was that(...)

Ecuador’s Enner Valencia scores past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares  during the World Cup Group E  match at Arena Baixada  in Curitiba. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

Ecuador 2 Honduras 1 Many may have feared the worst about this battle of the Group E outsiders but in the end there was a lot to enjoy. Especia(...)

France’s Karim Benzema (left) fights for the ball with Osman Chavez (centre) and Maynor Figueroa of Honduras during their fractious Group E encounter at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

After both countries lost their opening matches Honduras and Ecuador face each other in Curitiba today with their World Cup futures on the line. In Gr(...)