France v Honduras, 15 June 2014

Score3-0 to France
RefereeSandro Ricci
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals group E
VenueEstadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
Attendance43,012
Kick-off 4.00pm local (8.00pm BST) Man of the Match: Karim Benzema (France) Assistant referees: Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil) Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil) Fourth official: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Fifth official: Jan-Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand) The two teams had never met before. The match started without the national anthems being played before the kick-off, which FIFA later said was due to an audio system malfunction. France took the lead in the first half on a penalty kick converted by Karim Benzema, which was awarded on a foul by Wilson Palacios on Paul Pogba, for which Palacios received his second yellow card and was sent off. An own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares early in the second half gave France a two-goal lead. Benzema's shot rebounded off the post and then hit Valladares, and despite his effort to scoop it clear, the ball was indicated by goal-line technology to have crossed the line and the goal was awarded. France completed the scoring when Benzema scored his second goal, as he blasted in the rebound after Mathieu Debuchy's shot was inadvertently blocked by Patrice Evra and fell to him in the penalty area. The second goal was the first time that a goal was awarded in the World Cup with the support of goal-line technology. There was some confusion when the animated replay of the goal was shown in the stadium, however, as when the ball first hit the post, causing "NO GOAL" to correctly flash onto screens in the stadium, it then hit Valladares and crossed the line, producing "GOAL" on the screen. The initial flash of "NO GOAL" drew boos from fans, caused a commotion among the managers and players on the sideline, and led to confusion even from the BBC's experienced television commentator Jonathan Pearce, who required his colleague Martin Keown to explain the incident to him. In response to the confusion, FIFA promised to review how the replays are shown in the future for similar incidents. Stretching back to their last match of the 1982 World Cup, this was the fifth consecutive World Cup match that Honduras failed to score a goal, matching the record held by Bolivia (1930–1994) and Algeria (1986–2010).

3  France

Manager: Didier Deschamps

0  Honduras

Manager: Luis Fernando Suarez

Goals:

Karim Benzema penalty 45 P
Noel Valladares own goal 48 OG
Karim Benzema 72 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (captain)
Defender Patrice Evra
Defender Mamadou Sakho
Defender Raphaël Varane
Defender/Midfielder Mathieu Debuchy
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder Paul Pogba
Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena
Midfielder/Forward Antoine Griezmann
Forward Karim Benzema

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Noel Valladares (captain)
Defender Brayan Beckeles
Defender Maynor Figueroa
Defender Emilio Izaguirre
Defender/Midfielder Roger Espinoza
Defender/Midfielder Andy Nájar
Midfielder Luis Garrido
Midfielder Wilson Palacios
Forward Jerry Bengtson
Forward Carlos Costly

Substitutions:

Moussa Sissoko for Paul Pogba 57
Rio Mavuba for Yohan Cabaye 65
Olivier Giroud for Mathieu Valbuena 78

Substitutions:

Osman Chávez for Víctor Bernárdez 46
Boniek García for Jerry Bengtson 46
Jorge Claros for Andy Nájar 58

Cards:

Patrice Evra 7 Y
Paul Pogba 28 Y
Yohan Cabaye 45 Y

Cards:

Wilson Palacios 28 Y
Wilson Palacios 43 Y
Wilson Palacios 43 R
Boniek García 53 Y
Luis Garrido 83 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Goalkeeper Stéphane Ruffier
Defender Bakary Sagna
Defender/Midfielder Lucas Digne
Defender/Midfielder Eliaquim Mangala
Defender/Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin
Midfielder Remy Cabella
Midfielder Rio Mavuba
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko
Forward Olivier Giroud
Forward Loïc Rémy

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Donis Escober
Goalkeeper Buba López
Defender Osman Chávez
Defender Juan Montes
Midfielder Marvin Chávez
Midfielder Jorge Claros
Midfielder Edder Delgado
Midfielder Boniek García
Midfielder Mario Martínez
Midfielder/Forward Rony Martínez
Forward Jerry Palacios