World Cup goal-line tech in spotlight of France-Honduras game
Les Bleus' 2nd goal barely crossed the line
Goal-line technology has played a major part of a World Cup match, and it only took four days for it to happen.
France’s second goal against Honduras on Sunday was awarded after replays showed that Karim Benzema’s shot went off the post, hit keeper Noel Valladares, and crossed the line by millimetres before Valladares pulled it back across.
Every stadium in Brazil is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras and the referee wears a special watch that transmits a visual and audio message within half a second of the incident.
Within seconds of Benzema’s shot, referee Sandro Ricci checked his watch and awarded France the goal. Honduras manager Luis Fernando Suárez was incredulous that the ball went past the line, but the goal stood.
"Well, I wasn't angry because they accepted the goal. I was angry because they didn't accept the goal. The first decision was `No goal' and then the machine said it was a goal," Suarez said through a translator. "So I don't know what to think. That's the point. If the technology sends a clear message, then I don't understand how the system can say it's a goal first and then `No goal.' What is the truth?"
The confusion stemmed from the fact that the tech was used for two instances in rapid succession. Benzema's initial shot, which hit the post and skidded across the goal-line, didn't go in and was deemed no-goal. But then the ball bounced off Valladares and crossed the line by millimetres, which the tech called a goal.
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