France open their World Cup with emphatic victory
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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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