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World Cup 2014: Goal-line technology makes a controversial debut, denies Karim Benzema a hat-trick

Goal-line technology, run by the German tech startup GoalControl, uses 14 cameras to record every impact of the ball in the goal.

Raghav Chopra | IBNLive Sports

Updated:June 16, 2014, 12:17 PM IST
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World Cup 2014: Goal-line technology makes a controversial debut, denies Karim Benzema a hat-trick
Goal-line technology, run by the German tech startup GoalControl, uses 14 cameras to record every impact of the ball in the goal.

The much talked about goal-line technology finally made an appearance at the World Cup. As Karim Benzema's left foot strike thundered against the goal post the referee's watch signaled 'No Goal', and then a few seconds later it flashed 'Goal'.

Sandro Ricci was left confused, as were the commentators. In the end, the goal stood but as a Valladares own goal. It would have been Benzema's second. And in the end, the Real Madrid striker would have had a hat trick, but is it went he finished the day with a brace.

The goal line technology created more confusion than clarity on its debut.

The Honduras coach, Luis Suarez- not to be confused with the Uruguayan striker- admitted he did not know what to make of it.

How can one shot produce two results, but a further study of the system reveals that complicated as it may sound, the technology was bang-on.

Goal-line technology, run by the German tech startup GoalControl, uses 14 cameras to record every impact of the ball in the goal.

When Benzema's shot cannoned off the post the technology recorded the first impact as a no goal, but when the ball landed, and the Honduras keeper fumbled with it, the cameras picked up that it had crossed the line, sending a goal alert.

To be honest, it would have been near impossible for the referee or his assistant to pick it up in real time. It works. Expect the technology to be used in the top football leagues across the globe after the World Cup.

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