France vs Honduras match report
Posted: 15 June 2014 Time: 23:47
France go top of Group E after putting three past a 10-man Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.
France gave their 2014 World Cup campaign a much needed boost thanks to Karim Benzema's brace as well as a Valladare own-goal.
The match got off to a controversial start after there was a problem with the two teams' National Anthems ahead of kick-off, resulting in a delayed start.
France looked the better team from the start as they dominated possesion and created chances in the early stages of the game, with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris having little to do in the French goal.
Just when it seemed that the match would go scoreless into the break, Benzema opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 44th minute after Matuidi was brought down in the Honduras box.
Palacios was handed a second yellow for his foul on Matuidi and France took made good use of their numerical advantage in the second half.
A good run from Benzema saw the Real Madrid striker beating Valladares at his far-post with the ball rebounding off the up-right, only for the Honduran goalkeeper to knock the ball beyond his own goal-line.
Goal-line Technology came into play for the first time, and created some confusion on the touchline as it showed a replay of the ball not crossing the line from Benzema's shot, pointing out 'No Goal'.
A second replay showed that the ball had only crossed the line after Valladares had got a hand to it and let it slip, with Goal-line Technology then pointing out 'Goal' as the ball had crossed the line.
A touchline argument between the coaches and the referee surrounding the confusion followed, but the ruling was final and the goal was awarded as an own-goal.
Benzema then found his second after a well-worked set-piece from Valbuena fell kindly for the striker, whose powerful shot beat Valladares into the roof of the Honduran net.
The Frenchmen controlled proceedings from then onward while the Hondurans did little to trouble Lloris in the second half, after losing Palacios just before the break, and failed to register a decent shot on goal.
Les Bleus now occupy top spot in Group E with a better goal-difference than Switzerland, who earlier came from behind to beat Ecuador 2-1.