France beat Honduras 3-0 in a match that will be remembered as the first ever World Cup match to use goalline technology

Date: June 15, 2014

Result: France 3-0 Honduras

 

Scorers:

France:

  • Benzema pen. 45
  • Valladares og. 48
  • Benzema 73

Venue: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre

Attendance: 68,351

 

Match overview: Since they won the tournament on home soil in 1998, the French have not scored in their opening game of a World Cup. Honduras have not scored in their last four World Cup matches.

Key moment: Wilson Palacio’s barging into Paul Pogba. The pair had history from an earlier clash which saw both being shown a yellow card. Palacio’s subsequent foul on Pogba resulted in a penalty and reduced Honduras to ten-men. There was no way back for Luis Surez’s side after that.

Man of the match: Mathieu Valbuena. There were several contenders in France’s midfield, but Valbuena, combining industry and creativity, was the standout performer.

Matter of fact: France enjoyed 71% possession against Honduras. That’s the highest seen at the World Cup since possession figures were first recorded in 1966.

Talking point: History was made with France’s second goal. It was the first time goalline technology had ever been used to determine a goal at the World Cup.

 

Stats:

Goal attempts

  • France 20
  • Honduras 4

On target

  • France 10
  • Honduras 2

Corners

  • France 8
  • Honduras 0

 

Line-ups:

France:

  • 01 Lloris
  • 02 Debuchy
  • 03 Evra
  • 06 Cabaye Booked (Mavuba – 65′ )
  • 04 Varane
  • 05 Sakho
  • 19 Pogba (Sissoko – 57′ )
  • 14 Matuidi
  • 10 Benzema
  • 08 Valbuena (Giroud – 78′ )
  • 11 Griezmann

 

Honduras:

  • 18 Valladares
  • 21 Beckeles
  • 07 Izaguirre
  • 08 Palacios
  • 05 Bernárdez (Chávez – 45′ )
  • 03 Figueroa
  • 17 Najar (Claros – 58′ )
  • 19 Garrido
  • 13 Costly
  • 11 Bengtson (García – 45′)
  • 15 Espinoza

Scorers:

 

France:

  • Benzema pen. 45
  • Valladares og. 48
  • Benzema 73

Red card:

  • Honduras: Palacios 43

Yellow cards:

  • France:  Evra 7, Pogba 28, Cabaye 45
  •  Honduras: Palacios 28, Garcia 53 Garrido 83

 

Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci (Brazil)