Russian Federation 2018: Pogba helps France beat Australia

2018 World Cup Report: France v Australia 16 June 2018

2018 World Cup Report: France v Australia 16 June 2018

On Match Day 3 in Kazan at the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, France beat Australia 2-1 With goals from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba.

The game sprung into life after 58 minutes when France were awarded a penalty with the help of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

France's forward Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16.

Pogba's strike deflected off left-back Aziz Behich and looped over Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing just inches over the goal line - a decision confirmed by technology. "When you, in that moment, on your own go to that video screen, I saw him standing there".

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.

After a balanced first half in the Group C match at the Kazan Arena, France was awarded the first penalty following a VAR review.

"That's disappointing but I think we can be proud with the way we played against one of the best teams in the world".

"I hoped that maybe there will be a very honest referee".

He said: "I didn't see it back on TV".

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There was an early shock for the Socceroos, with captain Mile Jedinak starting the match, despite being tipped to miss out on an opening berth to Massimo Luongo.

The French enjoyed a lion's share of the possession for most of the first half, but they were unable to carve out another clear-cut opening in the half.

With almost an hour played, France finally did take a lead.

The French did not impress in the final third of the field and their defence often looked shaky.

Samuel Umtiti bizarrely put his hand up to alter the direction of a cross and from the resulting penalty, Jedinak calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk, however, was unhappy with its deployment and felt Uruguayan Cunha was still undecided even after seeing the replay. The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end.

At the first half mark, the hype of the French attack was overcome by the organised tactics of Australia, the attacks were well contained by the men in yellow.

However, it did not take much longer before France regained the lead. Both sides play their second match on Wednesday - France vs Peru and Australia vs Denmark. 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.

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