World Cup - Group E
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France 3-0 Honduras

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
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.

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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 3, Honduras 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Rio Mavuba (France).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mathieu Debuchy (France).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Brayan Beckeles (Honduras).

  11. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Óscar García.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luis Garrido (Honduras).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Olivier Giroud replaces Mathieu Valbuena.

  16. Post update

    Corner, France. Conceded by Maynor Figueroa.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

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

  20. 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.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil11003123
2Mexico11001013
3Cameroon100101-10
4Croatia100113-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands11005143
2Chile11003123
3Australia100113-20
4Spain100115-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Colombia11003033
2Ivory Coast11002113
3Japan100112-10
4Greece100103-30

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Costa Rica11003123
2Italy11002113
3England100112-10
4Uruguay100113-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France11003033
2Switzerland11002113
3Ecuador100112-10
4Honduras100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Argentina00000000
2Bos-Herze00000000
3Iran00000000
4Nigeria00000000

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany00000000
2Portugal00000000
3Ghana00000000
4USA00000000

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium00000000
2Algeria00000000
3Russia00000000
4South Korea00000000
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