Prior to the goal, France had tested the Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares on a number of occasions but were not able to find the inside of the net. The game headed into half time with the score at 1-0 to France.

Play resumed with a continuation of the intense attacking style of football shown by Didier Deschamps’s men. Honduras tried to break down the French defence as France aimed to make their numerical advantage count.

The goal line technology that is being used in this World Cup for the first time proved to be handy halfway through the second half. A shot from Benzema hit the woodwork and then was knocked into the goal by Valladares to give France a 2-0 lead.

Benzema completed his brace later in the half. Ten-man Honduras held on to see the game end without conceding further goals despite numerous attempts from France to add to the goal tally.

By winning the game, France was able to defy what has somewhat become a trend in the tournament, where the team that scores the first goal through a penalty kick goes on to lose the match, as was the case with Spain against Netherlands and Uruguay against Costa Rica.

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