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Technology helps France to 2-1 win over Australia

17 June, 2018, 15:35 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Sergey Bobylev  TASS

France were the beneficiaries of the first penalty award by VAR in World Cup history in their Group A opener against Australia - and the drama didn't stop there.

Captain Hugo Lloris' form has suffered for France recently, but the Tottenham goalkeeper was alert to keep Australia at bay in the first half.

"It suits him very well because he has the freedom to go forward, which he would not be at liberty to do if we were playing with two defensive midfieders", said Deschamps. "However, after the referee did not blow his whistle, I forgot about VAR - all the better for us [that it exists]".

Frenchman Antoine Greizman scored from the spot in the 58th minute after being tripped by Josh Risdon - but contact came after the Australian touched the ball first when making a sliding tackle.

Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot for Australia before Paul Pogba gave France victory in the 81st minute. France reclaimed the lead in fortuitous circumstances later on, a deflection off Aziz Behich taking Paul Pogba's touch over the line via the underside of the Australian crossbar. "He is the best midfielder in the world and because of that he has a lot of haters".

"I'm not going to complain about the use of video today", Deschamps said.




Griezmann, 27, failed to score at the 2014 World Cup but was one of the standout players as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

"I didn't expect such a tough game and to play against a team so well organised", he added in the mixed zone.

"We have to play more as a team and respect those games".

Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side - the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria. At least, we. deserved to play a draw'.

"I prefer to to talk about the game". The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end.

But while his players promised more of the same against Denmark on Thursday and Peru the following Wednesday (AEST), van Marwijk issued a note of caution.

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