Goal-Line Tech Used As France Beat Honduras

The newly introduced Goal-line technplogy played a vital role for the first time on Sunday as France made a perfect start to their Brazil 2014 campaign with a Karim Benzema-inspired 3-0 win over ten-man Honduras.
Honduras goalkeeper Noel Vallandares appeared to have stopped Benzema’s second goal on the line but the effort was captured a goal by the technology.
The Real Madrid striker scored twice and had a large hand in another as Les Bleus moved to the top of Group E with an emphatic victory at Porto Alegre’s Estadio Beira-Rio.
However, while the final scoreline may suggest a mismatch, this was a game that hung in the balance until turning on Wilson Palacios’s 43rd-minute red card. Blaise Matuidi had come closest prior to that pivotal moment, forcing a superb, instinctive save from Noel Valladares, who tipped the French midfielder’s stabbed shot on to the top of the crossbar.
But just as Honduras appeared set to return to the dressing rooms at half-time having kept a clean sheet, Palacios conceded a penalty and was sent packing for a clear barge in the back of Paul Pogba. Benzema accepted responsibility for the resultant kick and dispatched it in fine style, sending Valladares the wrong way with a powerful shot high to the keeper’s right.


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