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
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.
Who would have thought Uruguay and Honduras would get the first two red cards of the tournament? Oh, everyone— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) June 15, 2014
FIFA's goal-line technology confirms a Noel Valladares own goal.