France vs. Australia - Football Match Report

  • France vs. Australia - Football Match Report

France vs. Australia - Football Match Report

The video assistant referee penalised Australia's Josh Risdon for a foul on Antoine Griezmann, allowing the Atletico Madrid forward to dispatch a penalty, the first World Cup goal influenced by VAR.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the World Cup as title hopefuls France battled to a 2-1 win over gutsy Australia in Kazan on Saturday.

After multiple views of the replays, the VAR ruled it as a penalty which Griezmann converted successfully to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.

But Pogba's victor, confirmed by goal-line technology, ensured France opened the tournament with three points.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, still wearing a bandage around a recent head injury, had replaced Griezmann only minutes before playing a one-two with Paul Pogba on the edge of the area.

However, that was as good as it got for the Euro 2016 runners-up as Australia slowly began to assert themselves in the middle of the park and the Socceroos nearly netted a surprise opener in the 17th minute.

Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak drew Australia level less than five minutes after the Socceroos were awarded a spot kick.

With Didier Deschamps' side dominating early on, Mbappe won a free-kick 25 yards out minutes later but Pogba's strike was straight at goalkeeper Ryan.

Australia's midfielder Mile Jedinak (second left) is congratulated after scoring from the penalty spot during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against France at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

Referee Andres Cunha, though, simply checked the goal-line monitor on his watch and pointed to the centre circle as Australia keeper Mat Ryan stood appealing with the ball in his hands.

Oz nearly took a shock lead 10 minutes later.

However midway through the first half, Australia started fighting back, with Sainsbury going close to scoring after a ideal free kick from Aaron Mooy.

Deschamps made his final switch, Blaise Matuidi on for Tolisso, as the game headed towards a tense last 10 minutes.

Umtiti's freaky decision to handle Mooy's free-kick allowed Jedinak to coolly stroke past Lloris for what looked like being a share of the spoils.

Bert Van Marwijk's men struggled after they conceded the second goal and failed to trouble the French in the closing stages.