FIFA introduced goal line technology during the 2014 World Cup to help determine if close goals actually crossed the line or not. It had largely gone unused and not needed through the first few days of action.
In a France and Honduras match up that has been competitive and interesting to say the least, we got our first chance to witness the technology in use.
A Karim Benzema shot hit the far post and bounced back towards the keeper along the line. Honduran goalkeeper Noel Valladares dropped down and grabbed the ball and it looked like it was still on the line and not all the way over.
The announcers said they were unable to determine one way or the other and that the multiple views, which were obstructed, didn’t provide a good angle. They ultimately ruled it an own goal since the ball first bounced off the goal keeper.
Here is an angle from inside the goal:
Here is an angle from the far touchline:
Here is goal line technology showing that it was indeed a goal: