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France 3-0 Honduras

World Cup 2014: France's Karim Benzema celebrates

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Highlights: France 3-0 Honduras

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.

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

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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.

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)

Line-ups

France

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Debuchy
  • 3EvraBooked at 7mins
  • 6CabayeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMavubaat 65'minutes
  • 4Varane
  • 5Sakho
  • 19PogbaBooked at 28minsSubstituted forSissokoat 57'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10Benzema
  • 8ValbuenaSubstituted forGiroudat 78'minutes
  • 11Griezmann

Substitutes

  • 7Cabella
  • 9Giroud
  • 12Mavuba
  • 13Mangala
  • 15Sagna
  • 16Ruffier
  • 17Digne
  • 18Sissoko
  • 20Remy
  • 21Koscielny
  • 22Schneiderlin
  • 23Landreau

Honduras

  • 18Valladares
  • 21Beckeles
  • 7Izaguirre
  • 19GarridoBooked at 83mins
  • 5BernárdezSubstituted forChávezat 45'minutes
  • 3Figueroa
  • 17NajarSubstituted forClarosat 58'minutes
  • 8PalaciosBooked at 43mins
  • 13Costly
  • 11BengtsonSubstituted forGarcíaat 45'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 15Espinoza

Substitutes

  • 1López
  • 2Chávez
  • 4Montes
  • 6García
  • 9Palacios
  • 10Martínez
  • 12Delgado
  • 14García
  • 16Martínez
  • 20Claros
  • 22Escober
  • 23Chávez
Referee:
Sandro Meira Ricci
Attendance:
43,012

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamHonduras
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home20
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, France 3, Honduras 0.
Foul by Rio Mavuba (France).
Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (France) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).
Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Antoine Griezmann (France) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrice Evra with a cross.
Olivier Giroud (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Brayan Beckeles (Honduras).
Corner, France. Conceded by Óscar García.

Booking

Luis Garrido (Honduras) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Blaise Matuidi (France) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Luis Garrido (Honduras).

Substitution

Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Mathieu Valbuena.
Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.
Attempt missed. Brayan Beckeles (Honduras) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Óscar García.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Patrice Evra (France) because of an injury.

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.
Attempt blocked. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mathieu Valbuena.
Mathieu Valbuena (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).
Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.
Attempt saved. Óscar García (Honduras) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Antoine Griezmann (France).
Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Rio Mavuba replaces Yohan Cabaye.
Foul by Karim Benzema (France).
Osman Chávez (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Hand ball by Carlo Costly (Honduras).
Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (France) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.
Mathieu Debuchy (France) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Roger Espinoza (Honduras).
Offside, France. Antoine Griezmann tries a through ball, but Mathieu Valbuena is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Honduras. Jorge Claros replaces Andy Najar.
Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

Substitution

Substitution, France. Moussa Sissoko replaces Paul Pogba.
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.
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.
Attempt missed. Mathieu Debuchy (France) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Óscar García (Honduras) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Óscar García (Honduras).
Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).
Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Paul Pogba (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Maynor Figueroa (Honduras).
Foul by Blaise Matuidi (France).
Óscar García (Honduras) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

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

Second Half

Second Half begins France 1, Honduras 0.

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Honduras. Óscar García replaces Jerry Bengtson.

Half Time

First Half ends, France 1, Honduras 0.
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.
Patrice Evra (France) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Víctor Bernárdez (Honduras).
goal

As It Stood

A

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