France midfielder Paul Pogba will head into the rest of the World Cup with express instructions not to lose his cool or react to provocation.
Les Bleus won their Group E opener against Honduras 3-0 at a canter but the evening may have played out rather differently had Juventus star Pogba been red carded with the game still goalless.
The 21-year-old reacted to extreme provocation by Wilson Palacios by kicking out from the floor and it looked as through referee Sandro Ricci was considering sending the Frenchman off.
As it was he settled for cautioning both players, with Palacios then seeing red when he fouled Pogba in the penalty area to tee up France's opening goal.
With bad tackles continuing to fly in, manager Didier Deschamps substituted Pogba before the hour mark and several team-mates were on hand with words of advice for the teenager.
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
1/22 Hugo Lloris 7/10
What little he had to do, he did with ease and class and never looked in the slightest bit of trouble.
2/22 Debuchy 7
Honduras going down to ten man meant he could fly forward and did so well. Helped set up Benzema’s second.
3/22 Evra 7
Did well up and down the wing and was solid at the back.
4/22 Cabaye 8
Looked classy and never rushed and produced a great pass in the lead up to France’s second.
5/22 Varane 6
Was fine at the back and had relatively little to do. Nearly gave away a penalty late on for tackle on Costly
6/22 Sakho 6
Was a touch suspect early on but settled down and managed with everything Honduras could muster.
7/22 Pogba 6
Guilty of getting carried away in clash with Palacios and could have been sent off for Beckham-like kick out. Good touch to win penalty.
8/22 Matuidi 6
Was powerful in the middle of the pitch but really should have scored from Evra’s crossed.
9/22 Banzema 9
Scored two, nearly had three and could have got a hat full more. Looked superb and well be key to France’s WC chances.
10/22 Valbuena 9
Skilful, tricky and a threat all night. Set-pieces were a danger throughout and went close to scoring on more than one occasion, a real highlight for France.
11/22 Griezmann 7
Played well but not has much of a threat as his attacking team-mates.
12/22 Honduras: Valladares 6/10
Despite shipping three goals, including an own goal, the goalkeeper actually played quite well. Several good saves and the save of the tournament so far from Matuidi’s effort.
13/22 Beckeles 4
Helpless to stop France and looked out of place at this level.
14/22 Izaguirre 4
Equally unable to deal with France and should have been red carded for lash out at Valbuena.
15/22 Palacios 3
Awful, awful night for the Stoke man who deservedly received an early bath.
16/22 Bernardez 6
Did better than his teammates in keeping France at bay before picking up a nasty looking knee injury.
17/22 Figueroa 4
Another Honduran who could have been shown a red card after scything down Valbuena, poor.
18/22 Najar 6
Did OK for half an hour but had no chance in stopping France after his team went down to ten.
19/22 Garrido 5
Also guilty of some awful tackling and escaped the referee’s red after horror tackle on Evra, bad night.
20/22 Costly 6
Could have won a penalty late on but referee said no, very little to go on other than that.
21/22 Bengston 4
Very little chance to get into the game in an attacking sense and was replaced at half-time.
22/22 Espinoza 5
Was a threat in the first ten minutes but nothing after that.
Deschamps said: "He suffered a foul and there was a gesture of reaction...I did not warn him but (Yohan) Cabaye and (Patrice) Evra did, to tell him it was forbidden for us to finish with 10 men.
"We must have control, and that is not just relevant to Paul."
Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was another senior colleague who took the time to counsel Pogba.
The Tottenham goalkeeper was also pleased that Ricci appeared to take Palacios' part in the incident into account.
"We all had a word for Paul to half-time," Lloris told L'Equipe.
"He is still young ...(but) the message before the game was not to succumb to provocation.
"The referee has shown intelligence. These games are decided on the details and they turned in our favour this time."
With Franck Ribery missing the tournament through injury, Deschamps was particularly pleased with the form of two-goal striker Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena.
"I chose an offensive line with the mobility to deal with an athletic challenge, it took time before exercising the opponent but Mathieu, Karim and Antoine have very good things and their ground game helped destabilise Honduras.
"But there is no particular euphoria because it is the first match and the players know that the road is long. This is a first step."
Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez appeared to acknowledge the overtly aggressive manner his side approached France with is unlikely to yield rewards.
He called on them to learn from their struggles with 10 men ahead of their next match with Ecuador on Friday.
"There are certain aspects that we'll need to improve ahead of our next game," he said.
"We'll need to retain the lessons we learned today. If it had been 11 against 11 throughout, we might have done better, but that's football.
"We have to put what's happened behind us and work towards our next match, which is going to be just as tricky."