Karim Benzema scored twice as France became the first team to benefit from goalline technology at a World Cup in their victory over 10-man Honduras.

The moment occurred in the 48th minute for France's second goal, when it ruled keeper Noel Valladares nudged Benzema's shot over the line.

The Real Madrid forward gave France the lead from the spot after Paul Pogba had been fouled by Wilson Palacios.

Match analysis

"It's been so easy for France - a piece of cake for them, really. Before the sending off and penalty they were dominating.

"Confidence is high and they will take some stopping in this group."

Benzema added a late third with a vicious strike from a tight angle.

The match will be remembered for that historic moment when the GoalControl tool was called into action.

Brazilian referee Sandro Meira Ricci awarded the goal straight away as Benzema's sidefoot effort came off the far post, rolled across the line, bounced off Valladares and appeared to fully cross the line before the keeper could claw the ball back into play.

At first the system ruled 'No Goal', causing confusion inside the Porto Alegre stadium when that message was displayed on the big screen.

Goal-line technology ruled that France striker Karim Benzema's effort against Honduras had crossed the line

World Cup 2014: Goalline cameras award France goal

But that was for the initial hit off the post. A second judgement then came on whether the ball crossed the line after coming off the Honduras keeper.

Despite the technology showing the ball had clearly crossed the line, Honduras players and coaching staff remonstrated with the officials. They were already down to 10 men following Palacios's red card for pushing over Pogba, and this was another bitter blow.

But they had little to complain about regarding the end result. France were brilliant, and should be rightly considered as strong contenders for the title.

Match facts

  • France have won their first World Cup match since the 2006 semi-final (v Portugal)
  • Benzema is the first France player to score two goals in a single World Cup game since Zinedine Zidane scored a brace in the 1998 final

They had already gone close before the penalty through Blaise Matuidi, when his shot was pushed over by Valladares, and through the exceptional Antoine Griezmann, whose header struck the bar.

That was despatched from the spot with confidence by Benzema, who battled hard for his team up front against a physical Honduras defence. For France's second, the post denied Benzema what would have been a hat-trick with goalkeeper Valladares being awarded the goal for his deflection.

There was no doubt about his third. Diminutive Mathieu Valbuena delivered an excellent free-kick from the right which found Griezmann. The 23-year-old Real Sociedad forward's low drive was blocked, but there was Benzema to blast the rebound into the roof of the net.

France can now seal their passage into the knockout round with victory over neighbours Switzerland, who earlier defeated Ecuador, in what promises to be an exciting clash at the 2014 Fifa World Cup on Friday.

Wilson Palacios (far right) is sent off

Stoke player Palacios was sent off just before half-time

France score their second goal

The historic use of goalline technology came shortly after the break

Karim Benzema scores his third goal

Benzema had three more shots in the game (seven) than the entire Honduras side (four)

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

France

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Evra Booked
  • 06 Cabaye Booked (Mavuba - 65' )
  • 04 Varane
  • 05 Sakho
  • 19 Pogba Booked (Sissoko - 57' )
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 10 Benzema
  • 08 Valbuena (Giroud - 78' )
  • 11 Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 07 Cabella
  • 09 Giroud
  • 12 Mavuba
  • 13 Mangala
  • 15 Sagna
  • 16 Ruffier
  • 17 Digne
  • 18 Sissoko
  • 20 Remy
  • 21 Koscielny
  • 22 Schneiderlin
  • 23 Landreau

Honduras

  • 18 Valladares
  • 21 Beckeles
  • 07 Izaguirre
  • 19 Garrido Booked
  • 05 Bernárdez (Chávez - 45' )
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 17 Najar (Claros - 58' )
  • 08 Palacios Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 13 Costly
  • 11 Bengtson (García - 45' Booked )
  • 15 Espinoza

Substitutes

  • 01 López
  • 02 Chávez
  • 04 Montes
  • 06 García
  • 09 Palacios
  • 10 Martínez
  • 12 Delgado
  • 14 García
  • 16 Martínez
  • 20 Claros
  • 22 Escober
  • 23 Chávez
Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci
Att: 43,012

Match Stats

Shots

20 4

On target

5 1

Corners

8 0

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

90:00 +1:49

Foul by Rio Mavuba (France).

90:00 +1:49

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:05

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +0:17

Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

90:00 +0:17

Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:44

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

86:17

Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:17

Foul by Brayan Beckeles (Honduras).

83:18

Corner, France. Conceded by Óscar García.

82:01 Booking

Booking Luis Garrido (Honduras) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:59

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:59

Foul by Luis Garrido (Honduras).

77:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

75:37

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

74:29

Attempt missed. Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Óscar García.

73:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:46

Delay in match Patrice Evra (France) because of an injury.

71:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 3, Honduras 0. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Patrice Evra following a set piece situation.

71:42

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.

70:40

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:40

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).

67:50

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

67:37

Attempt saved. Óscar García (Honduras) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:29

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).

66:29

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:55

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

64:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Rio Mavuba replaces Yohan Cabaye.

64:07

Foul by Karim Benzema (France).

64:07

Osman Chávez (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:29

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Patrice Evra.

60:37

Hand ball by Carlo Costly (Honduras).

60:00

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

58:58

Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:58

Foul by Roger Espinoza (Honduras).

57:34

Offside, France. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

57:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Honduras. Jorge Claros replaces Andy Najar.

56:58

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

56:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Paul Pogba.

55:28

Attempt missed. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann.

54:34

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a cross.

53:22

Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

52:46 Booking

Booking Óscar García (Honduras) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:36

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:36

Foul by Óscar García (Honduras).

51:45

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

51:45

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:33

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:33

Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).

50:13

Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).

50:13

Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:15 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Noel Valladares, Honduras. France 2, Honduras 0.

47:13

Karim Benzema (France) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins France 1, Honduras 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Honduras. Osman Chávez replaces Víctor Bernárdez because of an injury.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Honduras. Óscar García replaces Jerry Bengtson.

45:00 +3:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, France 1, Honduras 0.

45:00 +3:34

Attempt saved. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

45:00 +2:49

Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +2:49

Foul by Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras).

45:00 +1:24 Booking

Booking Yohan Cabaye (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +1:19

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

45:00 +1:19

Carlo Costly (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:42

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

45:00 +0:42

Roger Espinoza (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! France 1, Honduras 0. Karim Benzema (France) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

42:17 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Wilson Palacios (Honduras) for a bad foul.

42:08

Penalty France. Paul Pogba draws a foul in the penalty area.

42:08

Penalty conceded by Wilson Palacios (Honduras) after a foul in the penalty area.

41:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:35

Delay in match Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras) because of an injury.

40:28

Corner, France. Conceded by Brayan Beckeles.

40:25

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (France) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

36:09

Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

34:15

Attempt missed. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Wilson Palacios.

33:14

Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:14

Foul by Brayan Beckeles (Honduras).

28:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:16 Booking

Booking Paul Pogba (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:59 Booking

Booking Wilson Palacios (Honduras) is shown the yellow card.

26:22

Delay in match Wilson Palacios (Honduras) because of an injury.

26:00

Delay in match Paul Pogba (France) because of an injury.

25:24

Foul by Paul Pogba (France).

25:24

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:59

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross following a fast break.

22:56

Dangerous play by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

22:56

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:27

Antoine Griezmann (France) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.

21:33

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

18:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

17:46

Delay in match Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras) because of an injury.

17:01

Foul by Mathieu Valbuena (France).

17:01

Wilson Palacios (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:16

Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:16

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Honduras).

15:50

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Valbuena (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:45

Corner, France. Conceded by Noel Valladares.

14:36

Attempt saved. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:22

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:22

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras).

10:26

Hand ball by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).

9:45

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (France) header from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena following a set piece situation.

8:46

Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:46

Foul by Wilson Palacios (Honduras).

7:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:57 Booking

Booking Patrice Evra (France) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

6:30

Delay in match Patrice Evra (France) because of an injury.

6:11

Foul by Patrice Evra (France).

6:11

Andy Najar (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:49

Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:02

Offside, Honduras. Maynor Figueroa tries a through ball, but Jerry Bengtson is caught offside.

3:50

Foul by Yohan Cabaye (France).

3:50

Carlo Costly (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:30

Offside, Honduras. Roger Espinoza tries a through ball, but Jerry Bengtson is caught offside.

0:25

Attempt missed. Wilson Palacios (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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