Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

Carrie Guzman
June 19, 2018

Antoine Griezmann has "freed his mind" and is ready for the World Cup after ending speculation about his club career, says France boss Didier Deschamps.

Remarkably, a previously awful game exploded into life when Australia promptly went down the other end and won a penalty of their own - scored by Mile Jedinak.

With 10 minutes to go, Paul Pogba's deflected shot narrowly crossed the line as the referee's goal-line technology once again came in handy for France.

France were held 0-0 at halftime by Australia in their World Cup Group C opener as their expected domination failed to materialise at the Kazan Arena on Saturday.

Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but he set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Paul Pogba has refused to get drawn into conversations about his future while he remains at the World Cup with France.

"It's going to be a very hard match", Modric said afterwards.

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VAR technology is used in what are considered "game-changing" situations, such as a goal, penalty or red card, and can also be used to help referees with cases of mistaken identity.

I was not the most successful point to see the episode with the penalty, but I think the penalty wasn't there.

The France striker scored the spot kick, with Paul Pogba getting France's victor after Mile Jedinak had equalised from the spot and all the goals coming after the break.

"We can't do without him", Deschamps had said during the build-up to the World Cup. He took off his star man Antoine Griezmann in the 70th minute when the game was tied at 1-1. The French tactician fielded an inexperienced starting XI, which would have been better suited to playing a less physical side than Australia and took too long to add some experienced heads as substitutes.

The halftime whistle sounded soon after, and while Peruvian fans consoled each other, Peru's players rushed to support Cueva as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.

MF Corentin Tolisso, 4 - Booked after 76 minutes and substituted two minutes later, he was lucky that Lloris prevented a first half own goal.

It's hard. To play like that and lose to one of the best teams in the world.

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