FIFA World Cup

Twitter Reacts to Karim Benzema's Penalty Kick After Wilson Palacios' Red Card

France's Karim Benzema celebrates with teammate France's Patrice Evra after scoring his side's first goal on a penalty kick during the group E World Cup soccer match between France and Honduras at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2014

France took the lead in the first half of their 2014 World Cup opener against Honduras after Karim Benzema calmly converted a penalty following a foul from Wilson Palacios on Paul Pogba.   

Bleacher Report UK shared the vine of the confident spot kick:

Palacios and Pogba had already clashed earlier in the match when the official refused to award a foul to the French midfielder. Palacios repeatedly stamped on and kicked at the youngster, who retaliated by lashing out himself.

Both players were cautioned, and when Palacios tried to stop Pogba from heading a ball inside the box by bumping into him, the official had no choice but to hand the Honduras midfielder his marching orders.

The Telegraph's Jonathan Liew thought Palacios left quite the impression:

Footballfacts 101 shared the Vine of the challenge that led to the dismissal, wondering why Palacios would do something like that:

France dominated the first half against Honduras and hit the crossbar twice, but the Central Americans were able to regain their composure following the first incident between Pogba and Palacios.

Most of the danger from Les Bleus had come from the right wing, and Didier Deschamps' side moved away from deep passes to that side of the pitch later in the half. Honduras looked like they would survive the first half rampage, until Benzema stepped up and converted his penalty.

Via SB, OptaJean (in French) shared this little fact:

MisterChip made his contribution as well:

Insert obligatory Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo joke:

As shared by Sergi Dominguez, the French forward is on quite a roll:

Pogba is on a yellow card, and the Juventus youngster will be on a short leash for the second half following his earlier incident. Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe broke down the importance of the midfielder to this French side:

NBC Sport's Arlo White thought the midfielder perhaps should have seen his marching orders as well, unlike the vast majority of pundits commentating on the match:

Goal.com's Nick Sabetti was one of many in the youngster's corner:

France will now be defending a one-goal lead against a Honduras side down to 10 men, and their opponents have so far shown little when moving forward.

This tournament has already seen its fair share of crazy come-from-behind wins, however, so expect Les Bleus to push for a second goal early in the second half.  

 

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