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France wins opener

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil - France beat 10-man Honduras 3-0 in a bruising World Cup clash yesterday where goal-line technology awarded the first international goal in history.

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.

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.

"I shot and the ball hit the post and then the goalkeeper," said Benzema.

"I saw that the ball crossed the line. I don't know if having technology like this is good for football but the most important thing was that we have won."

Benzema 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.

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

Victory moves Didier Deschamps' men above Switzerland on goal difference in Group E.


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