Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

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Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

The incident signalled the first use of VAR in the World Cup resulting in an intervention which led to a goal.

Referee Andres Cunha had initially thought it a fair tackle but was summoned to review the footage, and after a moment of deliberation, he awarded the spot kick.

France's talent will be enough to get them through their group and may even carry them to the quarter-finals, but their lack of cohesion is a big problem and one that may be hard to resolve before the end of the tournament.

Up stepped Griezmann to confidently tuck the controversial penalty into the corner.

The two teams came into this game with contrasting ambitions to say the least.

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One of Aaron Mooy's ever-dangerous free kicks drew a brain fade from French defender Samuel Umtiti as he clearly lifted his hand to punch away the ball. Surprisingly, the 1998 World Cup-winning captain opted to start with a relatively defensive-minded Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard at the fullback positions ahead of the more attacking Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe.

But Paul Pogba claimed the match for France later on, with goal-line technology confirming his deflected shot had gone in off the woodwork.

The role of VAR is to correct "clear and obvious errors" made by referees in any of four "game-changing" situations: goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The Socceroos faced heartbreak after an inspiring performance in the first-half which saw them suffocate France with their rigidity at the back.

Leading arguably the most gifted generation of French footballers since that class of 1998, Russian Federation 2018 may be Deschamp's final chance to win a major trophy as manager after the crushing Euro 2016 final defeat on home soil. Fox Sports football reporter Daniel Garb said there were only so many "gallant defeats" we can take before something needs to give. "He was standing very close in the moment of the penalty and he directly said, 'No penalty.' He directly said, 'Go on.' It's also a human being, so everybody makes mistakes". "That is the dream".

France's Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba admitting post-match that he felt like the game was a home one for the Socceroos.

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Australia didn't really look like scoring but France wasn't really either until Pogba, who had not been allowed to take his usual control of the midfield, poked home an 80th minute victor.

On 17 minutes France 'keeper Hugo Lloris turned a risky deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.

After what proved to be an even first half, the controversy began 10 minutes into the second.

Denmark on Sunday morning (AEST) downed Peru, who the Australians meet in their last group game on Tuesday week in Sochi.

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