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France open their World Cup with emphatic victory

© Photo: AFP

Text by Peter BERLIN

Latest update : 2014-07-02

France banished the memories of recent World Cup disasters with an impressive 3-0 victory on Sunday over a Honduras team that played the second half with 10 men.

Just before half time,  Wilson Palacios knocked over Paul Pogba as the young Frenchman prepared to shoot. Palacios gave away a penalty and earned his second yellow card.

Karim Benzema smashed home the kick.

Three minutes into the second half, Benzema struck the inside of the post with a shot which rebounded to Noel Valladares, the Honduran goalie, who dropped the ball. After a  delay, the ball was judged to have crossed the line resulting in the first goal awarded by technology being used for the first time at a World Cup.

Benzema scored the third for France with a blistering shot from a narrow angle.

“We were patient. We had chances and struck the bar twice in the first half,” Didier Deschamps, the French manager told French TV. “Winning today is a very good start. Winning 3-0 at a World Cup is never easy. We did well.”

Honduras meanwhile failed in its seventh attempt to win a game at the World Cup.

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Date created : 2014-06-15

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