Jun 16 2014, 3:30am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
According to Goal.com's Kris Voakes (via Yahoo! Singapore), the innovation was applied in France's second goal of the match, when Honduras goakeeper Noel Valladares fumbled the ball slightly over the goal line after French striker Karim Benzema's shot hit the left goal post:
"The fledging relationship between international football and goal-line technology has overcome its first major hurdle, with France's second goal in the 3-0 win over Honduras proving perfectly why FIFA were so insistent on bringing the system in for the World Cup.
"While in major competitions in Europe, under the jurisdiction of UEFA, it has been decided that goal-line officials will suffice, the world governing body announced last year that this summer's tournament would feature the GoalControl system which was brought into play for the first time in Sunday's Group E encounter.
"But while Honduras coach Luis Suarez found fault with the decision made after consultation with the GoalControl replay, the process could not have been any clearer. After Karim Benzema's initial shot hit Noel Valladares' left-hand post, the goalkeeper then bundled the loose ball slightly over the line before attempting to scramble it clear once more.
"With initial confusion over the decision, the big screen showed GoalControl replays first of Benzema's shot, which didn't clear the line, then of Valladares' fumble, which was shown to have crossed for a goal.
"Valladares was left staring at the assistant referee in the bid to find an ally and Suarez had a heated exchange with French counterpart Didier Deschamps, but the final decision of Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci had already been made thanks to the technology."
BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce thought the goal-line technology implementation for that goal was baffling , says Mirror.co.uk's Martin Belam, who was able to document Pearce's on-air statements in the aftermath:
"Well look at the boos and the Honduran players. And look at this again. We've seen so many spurious goal-line technology replays. AND IT SIGNALS NO GOAL! No goal has gone up on the screen. The fans have heard it, the Honduran players have seen it.
"OH GOODNESS ME. THEY'VE CHANGED THEIR MINDS NOW. Does goal-line technology work or doesn't it?"
Belam then writes about Pearce's next statements.
"Pearce went on to say,'Well, which replay system are we supposed to believe?' This was supposed to be a flawless system.'
"As Pearce began ranting that the referee couldn't give it if he had ANY doubt, Keown, with the patience of a man explaining gravity to a small child, said: 'Yes but it says the ball was over the line on the second instance.'
"Pearce still wasn't having it though, and later reflected: 'The whole goal line technology debate will flare up again because it was not good enough, was it? One moment we are seeing a goal by the assistant referee, then the next thing we are seeing it's not over the line in the replay, and then we are seeing it is over the line on the second one.'"
Belam posted a series of tweets which were unanimous in saying Pearce missed the point -- the goal was really an own goal scored by Honduras after Valladares momentarily lost control of the ball, as proven by goal-line technology.
Poch de la Rosa
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