VAR gives France penalty vs. Australia

An essential guide to the French World Cup team fans and chants

It's the first-ever use of VAR at a World Cup game.

Antoine Greizmann opened the scoring the in 58th minute, after a video review awarded France a penalty kick.

However, Paul Pogba eventually managed to snatch the late victor for France when he smashed his 10th worldwide goal in the 80th minute to put the French side in lead again.

"I thought it was a penalty", Griezmann told reporters at Kazan Arena.

Griezmann looked to have been robbed by an excellent sliding tackle by Australia defender Josh Ridson, and the referee allowed play to continue.

"When the referee went to check out the video, I already had the penalty [in my mind] - I was focused on taking it".




The Group C match had a freaky incident in which Australia defender Trent Sainsbury burst the ball in a tackle. "We are very happy that we won a highly hard and complicated game", said Deschamps.

But France's determination was not to wane as they kept up the pressure on their opponents, especially in the second half. "I think we lacked some speed in the passes, and we did not push forward or move backward very quickly".

"It was complicated against a team that caused us problems". But the French showed guts to secure the three points with a good pressing toward the end. His team is considered a certainty to defeat Australia in Saturday night's World Cup opener for the two nations and it makes Deschamps uncomfortable. Often the hand ball rule is contested on the grounds of intent, however, the French defender holds the rare distinction of his case being stonewall and only for a late Paul Pogba, he would of put France on the early backfoot in group C. He was 10 months younger than Bruno Bellone, who played at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

"Australia might not be a top European side but we can't say they don't have some quality".

It was the fifth penalty awarded in four World Cup matches on Saturday.

Big questions were asked of Pogba ahead of the World Cup, particularly in view of his mixed performance during the final half of the previous season at Old Trafford, wherein rumours were strong that a departure could be on the cards for the 25-year-old.

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