Griezmann And Australia Manager Had Different Reactions To VAR Controversy

Antoine Griezmann goes down under the challenge from Josh Risdon

Antoine Griezmann goes down under the challenge from Josh Risdon

Uruguayan referee Andrés Cunha awarded Les Bleus a penalty when Antoine Griezmann was brought down by Josh Risdon's tackle, but only after originally overlooking the decision and consulting the VAR after the phase of play had finished.

Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the historic spot kick in the 58 minute but Australia hit back with a penalty of their own when Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled the ball in the box four minutes later.

Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe were largely ineffective.

France just about scraped their way to a 2-1 win over Australia in their Group C opener in Kazan, on Saturday afternoon, to begin theirWorld Cup 2018 campaign on a positive note. There were many situations in which they did not know what to do anymore.

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.

Australia's centre-back Joshua Risdon slid to make contact with the ball, attempting to divert it from the path of Griezmann.

With Australia's next two group games scheduled for a 10pm and 12am (AEST) kick-off time respectively, this France figure will take some beating.

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The Socceroos goalkeeper was by far the busiest player on the pitch in the opening five minutes, stopping a Pogba free-kick, before getting down well to save a long distance strike from Griezmann.

And within a minute, his side took the lead when Pogba's effort clipped a defender before bouncing off the bar and in, goalline technology confirming it had crossed the line and another VAR check finding there had been no offside in the build-up.

"The way we wanted to play, they did it for 95% (of the game) so I can't blame any players, I can only give them compliments".

In a game France were expected to run away with, Australia showed they were up for a fight in the first half as they weathered the early storm and kept them at bay.

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.

The closest either team came to scoring in the first half was when France's Corentin Tolisso very almost turned Mile Jedinak's glancing header into his own net. I can not blame any of my players. Among the highlights, the youngest player at the tournament, Socceroo Daniel Arzani, made his World Cup debut.

"We're disappointed. We didn't have the luck today", said Australia captain Mile Jedinak, who scored his team's equalizer. However, at the end of the day, the main job of any referee should be to get the major calls right, and with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) coming into play at this Fifa World Cup 2018, the plan was to do just that.

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