Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba should not have been awarded France winner'

  • Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba should not have been awarded France winner'

Jose Mourinho: 'Paul Pogba should not have been awarded France winner'

No penalty was given, but at the next stoppage of play, VAR ruled that Griezmann was fouled and gave France a controversial penalty.

French coach Didier Deschamps praised Australia's tactical organisation and the way it disrupted his highly regarded team, but also bemoaned France's lack of urgency.

Australia captain Mile Jedinak had briefly equalized from the penalty spot in the 62nd after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area.

Even if the ball was gone, on replay, it looked like a penalty. "I am not going to complain about VAR - it went in our favour", the France manager said.

With nine minutes left to play Pogba scored the victor when his flicked ball was deflected in by Aziz Behich.

France had controlled possession and circulated the ball well before the interval, but after four shots in the first eight minutes the French failed to get a single shot on target in the remainder of the first half. Pogba broke down the Australian defense on an incredible run and his chip deflected off the underside of the bar and landed just inside the goal line. If the coach had any doubts about the wisdom of playing a 19-year-old, Mbappe, and a 21-year-old, Dembele, when making a good start at the World Cup is so important, he was not betraying them on Friday.

"I don't feel like we were beaten by a better team, nearly by technology", goalkeeper Mat Ryan said. "[I am] proud and disappointed. At least, we. deserved to play a draw". Nobody expected we could play this way against France.

"We stay positive and only think about the three points we've gathered".

As for Australia, it just let Denmark and Peru know that it will be no easy match and it has the capability of moving on to the round of 16 if it can put it together in the final two matches.

"When you see this game [against France], you must have confidence for the rest of the tournament. but it is never a guarantee", Van Marwijk added.