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World Cup Match Report: France overwhelms Honduras 3-0

France beats Honduras 3-0 at World Cup

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Instant Analysis

Les Bleus relentlessly knocked on the door throughout the first half of play, but it was a blunder by Honduras that opened it up. Wilson Palacios, already sitting on one yellow card, collided with France's Paul Pogba in the box to earn a PK and a red card via his second yellow. Karim Benzema buried the penalty, and with a man up on Honduras, France cruised from there. Benzema forced an own goal in the 48th minute and scored again in the 72nd.

Man of the Match

Karim Benzema: The Real Madrid striker signaled France's intent with a relentless assault on Honduras's goal.

Buzzy Moment

A shot fired off the right post by Benzema bounced back across goal, hitting Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares and seemingly eeked across the goal line before Valladares swiped it back out. The close call ushered in the first meaninful use of goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup. It was ruled an own goal, but not everyone was convinced.

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FIFA's goal-line technology confirms a Noel Valladares own goal.

What's Next

It only gets tougher for France, as Les Bleus take on Switzerland, which dramatically beat Ecuador 2-1 to open Group E play. Honduras and Ecuador now square off in what has to be a must-win.

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