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Karim Benzema inspired France to a 3-0 win over Honduras and their head coach was thrilled with their approach despite the initial dispute over les Bleus' second goal

Didier Deschamps was full of praise for his France side after they started their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Honduras on Sunday, though he admitted that the way goal-line technology was used in Sunday's encounter was rather confusing.

In a bruising encounter that saw Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios sent off, Karim Benzema score twice and a Noel Valladares own goal which was eventually given after the use of goal line technology gave France a well-deserved victory in Porto Alegre.

It puts them top of Group E ahead of Friday's fixture against Switzerland after France were not required to be at their very best in what proved a comfortable win.

"Goal-line technology is a good thing. The ref gets the signal and can decide based on that," Deschamps told reporters.

"However, the screen has shown something people found hard to understand. It kept showing the first moment when it didn’t go in. I can understand why their coach got nervous. The image everyone was shown should have helped the referee’s decision and make it clear for everyone attending, but it seems it didn’t.

"We were patient. We had chances and hit the bar twice in the first half. This is a very good start. We did good things during our preparation but this is the competition. Winning today is a very good start and we will enjoy this victory. A 3-0 win in the World Cup, it's never easy. It was well done. Congratulations to the players."

France and Switzerland are separated by goal difference at the top of the group after the Swiss secured a last-gasp victory over Ecuador earlier on Sunday.

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