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Goal-den moment: France's Karim Benzema celebrates with Patrice Evra after scoring his side's first goal in the Group E battle

Goal-den moment: France's Karim Benzema celebrates with Patrice Evra after scoring his side's first goal in the Group E battle

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Goal-den moment: France's Karim Benzema celebrates with Patrice Evra after scoring his side's first goal in the Group E battle

Goal-line technology is making its World Cup debut in Brazil, and it was called upon to award France's second goal against Honduras.

Karim Benzema's shot hit one post and then the other before being pushed over the line by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares for an own goal.

The match will be remembered for that historic moment when the GoalControl tool was called into action but France coach Didier Deschamps was happy to celebrate the right outcome by the finish.

Les Bleus comfortably outplayed their Group E opponents, who seemed more intent on executing a series of rash tackles than anything else, and walked away with a deserved 3-0 win.

Benzema scored twice as well as seeing his shot canon off the frame of the goal before being spilled over the line for an own-goal by Valladares.

Honduras saw their crossbar struck twice but had somehow managed to maintain the deadlock until Wilson Palacios barged Paul Pogba in the box, conceding a penalty and being sent off for a second yellow card.

Deschamps said: “This is a very good start. We've had good times during our preparation, but this is competition.

“Winning today is a very good start.

“We will enjoy this victory... 3-0 win in the World Cup, because it's never easy.

“We have been patient. We had our chance and hit the bar twice in the first period.

“We did well. Pleasure is total in football when there is victory.

“Congratulations to the players.”

Benzema, making his World Cup bow after missing the cut in 2010, was in high spirits having shot his side to victory.

Much is expected of the Real Madrid hitman and he was pleased to have delivered.

“I had in mind to play a good game, win while also trying to play my football without pressure. I did tonight,” he said.

“I'm very happy and very proud. But the most important thing is winning. Some judge me on my number of goals but for me, the way I play counts a lot.”

Palacios barged through the back of Pogba just before half time, earning a second yellow card and conceding a penalty.

Benzema fired home to make it 1-0.

Honduras reshuffled with two changes at the break but shipped a second inside three minutes.

It went down as an own-goal, Valladares palming fractionally over the line after Benzema's powerful shot.

The third came after Mathieu Debuchy's long-range drive fell kindly for Benzema, who hammered home an unstoppable shot at the near post.

Belfast Telegraph