France and Honduras are playing on Sunday, June 15 in the first World Cup match between both teams.
France went up 1-0 around 46 minutes into the match after Wilson Palacios fouled a France player in the penalty box.
The foul led to Palacios being thrown out of the match because it was his second yellow card.
It also led to Karim Benzema scoring on a penalty kick.
France seems to have the upper hand all around, getting better shots and controlling the game better.
Then, France scored another goal early in the second half against Honduras’ 10 men–another by Benzema, although it was counted as an own goal against Valladares.
Benzema scored another goal later on at the 73 minute mark, putting France up 3-0.
See an Associated Press recap below.
France beats Honduras 3-0 at World Cup
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil—Karim Benzema scored twice and created a third that was confirmed by goal-line technology as France beat Honduras 3-0 Sunday in its first World Cup match.
Benzema first converted a penalty just before halftime after Wilson Palacios was sent off with his second yellow card for charging into the back of Paul Pogba.
With Honduras down to 10 men, France continued to dominate and Benzema created the second goal in the 48th minute — the first to be confirmed by goal-line technology at the World Cup. Benzema’s shot hit the post and came back across goal before goalkeeper Noel Valladeres fumbled it over his own line. With the new technology system confirming the ball crossed the line, referee Sandro Ricci gave the goal despite Honduran protests.
Benzema scored his second in the 72nd, firing in powerfully from inside the area.