France national team manager Didier Deschamps has criticised Fifa for showing the wrong image when the side’s second goal was subjected to the first video technology used at a World Cup finals, leading the Honduran players to believe it had been chalked off.
The technology correctly ruled ruling that the Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares had scrambled the ball over the line after Karim Benzema’s shot rebounded off the post, along the goalline towards him. But the confusion was caused by the machine registering two decisions in quick succession. The message stating ‘no goal’ initially registered on the stadium LED screen because the ball did not rebound from the post across the goalline. Then it stated ‘goal’ when Valladares juggled the ball over the line.
“It’s a good solution and the goal counts,” said Deschamps. “The referee gets the signal. We were just worried they showed an image that does not correspond to the goal, when it hit the post. Only when the keeper pushes it into the goal does it counts. They were nervous and so were we. If the image is to be shown it must be the one that backs up the ref’s decision.”
Honduras manager Luis Suarez said: “I wasn’t angry because they gave the goal, I was angry because they didn’t. The first decision was no goal and then the machine said it was a goal. So I don’t know what to think. If the technology sends a clear message I don’t understand how the system can say first there was no goal and then it was.”
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
France 3 Honduras 0 player ratings
1/22 Hugo Lloris 7/10
What little he had to do, he did with ease and class and never looked in the slightest bit of trouble.
2/22 Debuchy 7
Honduras going down to ten man meant he could fly forward and did so well. Helped set up Benzema’s second.
3/22 Evra 7
Did well up and down the wing and was solid at the back.
4/22 Cabaye 8
Looked classy and never rushed and produced a great pass in the lead up to France’s second.
5/22 Varane 6
Was fine at the back and had relatively little to do. Nearly gave away a penalty late on for tackle on Costly
6/22 Sakho 6
Was a touch suspect early on but settled down and managed with everything Honduras could muster.
7/22 Pogba 6
Guilty of getting carried away in clash with Palacios and could have been sent off for Beckham-like kick out. Good touch to win penalty.
8/22 Matuidi 6
Was powerful in the middle of the pitch but really should have scored from Evra’s crossed.
9/22 Banzema 9
Scored two, nearly had three and could have got a hat full more. Looked superb and well be key to France’s WC chances.
10/22 Valbuena 9
Skilful, tricky and a threat all night. Set-pieces were a danger throughout and went close to scoring on more than one occasion, a real highlight for France.
11/22 Griezmann 7
Played well but not has much of a threat as his attacking team-mates.
12/22 Honduras: Valladares 6/10
Despite shipping three goals, including an own goal, the goalkeeper actually played quite well. Several good saves and the save of the tournament so far from Matuidi’s effort.
13/22 Beckeles 4
Helpless to stop France and looked out of place at this level.
14/22 Izaguirre 4
Equally unable to deal with France and should have been red carded for lash out at Valbuena.
15/22 Palacios 3
Awful, awful night for the Stoke man who deservedly received an early bath.
16/22 Bernardez 6
Did better than his teammates in keeping France at bay before picking up a nasty looking knee injury.
17/22 Figueroa 4
Another Honduran who could have been shown a red card after scything down Valbuena, poor.
18/22 Najar 6
Did OK for half an hour but had no chance in stopping France after his team went down to ten.
19/22 Garrido 5
Also guilty of some awful tackling and escaped the referee’s red after horror tackle on Evra, bad night.
20/22 Costly 6
Could have won a penalty late on but referee said no, very little to go on other than that.
21/22 Bengston 4
Very little chance to get into the game in an attacking sense and was replaced at half-time.
22/22 Espinoza 5
Was a threat in the first ten minutes but nothing after that.
Deschamps admitted he had been concerned that his star 21-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba was at risk of being sent off after becoming in responding to the aggressive Honduran tactics during the European nation’s 3-0 win. Pogba was subsequently substituted before the hour. “He was tackled very badly,” Deschamps said. “He had a reaction and it could have had consequences. I warned [Patrice] Evra, [Yohan] Cabaye and [Paul] Pogba at half time. I told them to watch out because they would have to show self-control self [so we did] not finish up with ten on pitch.” The French manager is also worried about the fitness of Cabaye, a star performer against the Hondurans who sustained a hamstring problem during the 3-0.
The French supporters sang La Marseillaise after the PA system failed to play the anthems. Fifa officials said that both anthems had played successfully during the pre-match practice and the failure had been baffling. “That’s football,” Deschamps said. “It was a surprise. Of course it is good to have the National Anthem.”
Suarez said: “There are no excuses. They played better than we did. There are certain things we have to improve. But sometimes it is difficult to play with fewer players for such a long time, especially against a very well organised team.”