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France edge tight Group C encounter with Australia

18 June, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Lora Ball
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France defeated Australia in a tight Group C opener at the Kazan Arena on Saturday, which saw VAR used for the first time in the World Cup.

Although referee Andres Cunha initially waved play on, he pointed to the spot after consulting video technology, Griezmann having been clipped by Risdon as he entered the box.

The Aussies though equalised four minutes later with a penalty of their own as Mile Jedinak scored after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area.

"I think on the pitch at the time, the fact the play kept going was the strangest thing I've encountered", said 33-year-old Jedinak of the decision, which put France 1-0 up early in the second half.

For the first 10 minutes of this match, France looked as though they might run away with the game and perhaps the tournament itself as they overwhelmed Australia with composure and intent, which led to several promising efforts on goal from Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

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"From the vision I did see up here, maybe my eyes aren't great, but it kind of looked as if there was no contact made (with the ball), therefore the penalty was the right decision", Moore said.

France went into this tournament as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy, but they have much to do if they hope to go far in this tournament. "I think it's an own goal, but it's the action", Mourinho is quoted by the Metro.

Tomi Juric replaced fellow forward Andrew Nabbout as Australia made a change and, buoyed by the equaliser, they threatened again as a good move involving Mooy resulted in a cross that France blocked. There were many situations in which France did not know what to do anymore. The type of game that we expected.

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

Australia did a brilliant job of making life hard for Didier Deschamps' more fancied outfit.

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The VAR almost came into play within minutes of that opening goal, when Samuel Umtiti left his arm up in the air so that the ball would hit his hand, but, this time Cunha, after taking a couple of seconds, awarded Australia the penalty, without the need of technology.

There was a moment of history at Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time to reverse a decision in a World Cup match.

That was not the case, and instead Jedinak played an integral role in midfield, scoring from the penalty spot to level the scores in the second half.

VAR has been used to varying degrees of success in Serie A and the German Bundesliga, while Federation Internationale de Football Association used the system at the Confederations Cup in Russia previous year. "But we have to do better, and we're capable of doing so".

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