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VAR gives France penalty vs. Australia

VAR gives France penalty vs. Australia

Photo: Petr David Josek/ Associated PressFrance's Paul Pogba, left, and Australia's Mathew Leckie, right, challenge the ball during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018.

Griezmann was clipped by Joshua Risdon, but Cunha did not blow immediately and instead used technology to revisit the incident.

"We're disappointed. We didn't have the luck today", said Australia captain Mile Jedinak, who scored his team's equalizer.

"First of all, I felt the contact and for me it was a penalty", man of the match Griezmann told reporters. "The referee didn't see that there was a foul and he was able to correct when he reviewed it, so he was able to correct a mistake". "I would have given it to N'Golo or Lucas". I think there were a lot of moments [when] they [France] didn't know what to do anymore.

"We would like to be the best team". It was only the second time I was playing up front with Kylian [Mbappe] and Ousmane [Dembele].

"He is a great player with great potential and has got what it takes".

"But I am not anxious".

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Deschamps is expected to field the youngest French side at a World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1930 but rejects any suggestion it's a gamble. "We want to do better in the next game against Peru which will be tougher".

Interestingly, the goal would also be confirmed with the goal line technology as it only just crossed the line without actually resting in the net.

"I was really helped by the defender". It wasn't pretty, with 26% of their passes going long, but it proved effective.

"I am certainly not saying there is not quality on their team - absolutely not". They try to play on the ground. We didn't create much. Can we expect more VAR controversy in Russian Federation?

"We've got the job done, because the first match is always very important, and this sets us up well for the rest of the group".

France will face Peru in their next match.

"It's going to be a very hard match", Modric said afterwards. The Manchester United midfielder's effort took a deflection off Australia fullback Aziz Behich and hit the crossbar before crossing the goal line.


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