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World Cup 2014: Karim Benzema scores second goal against Honduras (GIF)


France and Honduras started off a pretty close and even contest. When Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios got his second yellow of the first half and forced to leave the game, France got a strong 11-on-10 advantage for the entire second half.

That advantage allowed France to really pour it on and be aggressive. The second half started with a near goal from Karim Benzema, the ball hit the back post before hitting the goaltender and bouncing over the line. Goal line technology ruled it a goal, but unfortunately for Benzema it was ruled an own goal.

Later in the half Benzema added his second goal. It started as a set piece with a pass high out side of the box. The shot was deflected and came to Benzema inside the box and off to the far side.

Benzema ripped that one underneath the cross bar and into the top of the net to give France a 3-0 lead over Honduras. Unfortunately for Benzema this goal wasn’t his third, making up a hat trick.

Benzema 1-1

Another, close up angle from behind Benzema on the far touchline:

Benzema 1-2

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