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Talking Point: Goal-line technology is a win for football

June 16, 2014 12:50 IST

Talking Point: Goal-line technology is a win for football

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Goalline technology passed its first World Cup test with flying colours at the FIFA football World Cup on Sunday.

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With France leading 1-0 in Group E thanks to Karim Benzema's penalty just before halftime, the GoalControl system took centre stage three minutes into the second half.

Benzema's shot cannoned off a post, came back across the face of goal before Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares inadvertently nudged the ball towards his own net.

To the naked eye it was almost impossible to tell if it had crossed the line. Adding to the confusion Benzema wheeled away in delight, while Valladares played on trying to convince Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci he had gathered the ball in time.

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Image: A video replay of France's Karim Benzema's goal using goal-line technology is pictured on a screen during their 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match against Honduras at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre on Sunday
Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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But there was no fooling GoalControl.

The system, which features 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, seven focusing on each goalmouth, confirmed to Ricci that the ball had crossed the line and he blew for a goal to put France 2-0 ahead.

Had the technology not been available it is unlikely the referee would have been able to award the goal.


Image: France's Karim Benzema scores past goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras
Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Tags: France , Ricci

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