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But there was some confusion seconds before when the system showed replays of Benzema’s shot hitting the post with the verdict "NO GOAL" before continuing to show the actual goal. The change infuriated the Honduras players, some of whom remonstrated with referee Sandro Ricci, while Honduras coach Luis Suarez bickered with France coach Didier Deschamps. At the end of the match, they hugged and made up.
"Well, I wasn’t angry because they accepted the goal. I was angry because they didn’t accept the goal. The first decision was ‘No goal’ and then the machine said it was a goal," Suarez said through a translator. "So I don’t know what to think. That’s the point. If the technology sends a clear message, then I don’t understand how the system can say it’s a goal first and then ‘No goal.’ What is the truth?"
Deschamps had some sympathy with the Hondurans over the images that were broadcast by organizers.
"The only problem was that they showed an image on the screen that didn’t correspond to the goal," the France coach said. "They showed the ball hitting the post when the ball hadn’t crossed the line yet. The ball was clearly over the line after the goalkeeper had fumbled.
"Obviously, I can put myself in their position and, of course, they were very angry and so were the fans — because if you’re going to show an image it should be the right one."
As for the use of technology, though, he said: "It’s a very good thing."
The system is being used for the first time at a major international football tournament.
France also benefited from the first ever Golden Goal at a World Cup when defender Laurent Blanc scored late into extra time in the second round against Paraguay in 1998 — the year it won the tournament.
Benzema scored France’s two other goals.
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Brazil • Striker Hulk left practice Sunday in Teresopolis, Brazil, due to a muscle injury in his left leg, but said he expects to play Mexico on Tuesday in his team’s second World Cup match.
Hulk practiced for less than 15 minutes before leaving the field. He said the injury wasn’t serious and "hopefully" it wouldn’t keep him from playing in the next match.
"I felt a small discomfort and decided to leave as a precaution," Hulk said. "I was already thinking about the next match, it’s only two days away and in the World Cup you don’t want to miss any match. I hope to be ready so I can help the national team again."
Hulk said he had the injury before the opening win over Croatia, when he was replaced late in the match, and felt it again after a few shots on goal on Sunday.
He walked off the field without a limp, but then sat down on a bench and lowered his head in apparent dismay. Hulk, who plays for Zenit in the Russian league, put his hand on his left leg when team medical staff arrived to treat him.
A few moments later he went to the locker room accompanied by one of the team’s doctors.
"I was feeling down when it happened because you always think about the worst," Hulk said. "But then I talked to the doctors and they told me that it wasn’t anything too serious. I’m going to undergo treatment and hopefully I’ll be able to play."
The Brazilian federation said Hulk wouldn’t need additional tests and would travel as planned with the rest of the squad to the northeastern city of Fortaleza later Sunday.
"At a World Cup you have to overcome every challenge," Hulk said. "We prepare our entire lives to fulfill our dreams of playing in the tournament. I’m feeling well."
If Hulk is ruled out, 21-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk striker Bernard would be his likely replacement. Chelsea’s Ramires is also an option.Next Page >
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