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PHOTOS: Goal-line technology, Benzema star in France's win

Last updated on: June 16, 2014 03:53 IST

PHOTOS: Goal-line technology, Benzema star in France's win

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France beat a 10-man Honduras 3-0 in a bruising World Cup clash, where goal-line technology awarded the first international goal in history, in Porto Alegre, on Sunday.

Three minutes into the second period, the German-manufactured GoalControl system was called into action when a volley from Karim Benzema, who ended the night with two goals, came back off the post.

The ball bounced back into the area before hitting Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.

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He then tried to scoop the ball to safety, but Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci awarded the goal -- classed as an own-goal -- after consulting the instant technology.

Benzema, though, was the star man as he opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Wilson Palacios was sent-off for two bookable offences on Paul Pogba.

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Image: Karim Benzema of France celebrates scoring the first goal with Patrice Evra, Mathieu Valbuena against Honduras
Photographs: Ian Walton/Getty Images

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France kept attacking Honduras

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Benzema then played a major role in his side's historic second goal and the Real Madrid striker rounded off a fine afternoon with an emphatic finish 18 minutes from time.

The victory took Didier Deschamps's men above Switzerland on goal difference in Group E after the Swiss beat Ecuador 2-1 earlier in the day with the two European sides set to meet next on Friday in Salvador.

The game had begun in bizarre circumstances as neither sides' national anthem was sung before kick-off, but normality was restored once proceedings got underway as France dominated from the off.

Blaise Matuidi had the first clear chance on 15 minutes when Mathieu Valbuena's free-kick was only partially cleared and the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder's effort was brilliantly turned onto the bar by Valladares.

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

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Red card for Palacios

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Antoine Griezmann was then also denied by the crossbar for Les Bleus as he rose highest to meet Patrice Evra's cross but his header clipped the woodwork on its way over.

Benzema saw another good opportunity fly over moments later as he headed off target after a fine counter-attack involving Matuidi, Griezmann and Valbuena.

Ricci had a big call to make midway through the half when Pogba clashed with Palacios.

The Juventus midfielder lashed out at Palacios after appearing to be stamped on, but Ricci showed only yellow cards to both.

Palacios was only to last another 16 minutes in any case as he stupidly bundled Pogba over inside the area a minute before half-time and was shown his second yellow card.

Benzema stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick to register his seventh goal in as many games for France and his first in a World Cup.

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Image: Wilson Palacios of Honduras (No 8) receives a red card from referee Sandro Ricci of Brazil
Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters

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Goal-line technology makes its debut

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The 26-year-old was heavily involved again as France doubled their advantage within three minutes of the second-half courtesy the goal line technology.

However, there was still confusion as replays inside the stadium first showed Benzema's initial shot hadn't gone in before confirming the ball had indeed crossed the line via the hand of Valladares.

Benzema should have added to his tally moments later when he was picked out by a fine low cross from Griezmann but could only fire straight at Valladares.

However, he wasn't to be denied 18 minutes from time when he fired expertly high past Valladares from a narrow angle to seal the three points.

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Image: Goalkeeper Noel Valladares of Honduras and teammate Osman Chavez watch as France's Karim Benzema (No 10) scores
Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters

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