France edge Australia with helping hand from VAR

France edge Australia with helping hand from VAR

After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area.

The referee took a look at his goal-line monitor before awarding it as a goal, as France players broke into a celebration for getting the 2-1 lead.

"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

When Antoine Griezmann went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Josh Risdon it was the first time in worldwide football the Video Assistant Referee was used to determine a decision.

Umtiti's freaky decision to handle Mooy's free-kick allowed Jedinak to coolly stroke past Lloris for what looked like being a share of the spoils.

There was an early shock for the Socceroos, with captain Mile Jedinak starting the match, despite being tipped to miss out on an opening berth to Massimo Luongo.

Les Bleus had started the game in ominous fashion, carving out three chances in the opening six minutes.

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Technology was never going to rid football of controversy, however, and Australia coach Bert van Marwijk was not alone in thinking that it was not a foul with Risdon making contact with the ball before Griezmann tumbled over his trailing foot. The large Australian travelling support was now right behind their side as they sensed an unexpected outcome.

Pogba then sent a tame free kick straight into the hands of the Australia goalkeeper, before Antoine Griezmann's half-volley was comfortably kept out by the Brighton & Hove Albion man down to his left.

The ball looped in the air and took the underside of the crossbar before bouncing back into play for Ryan to gather.

Griezmann was thwarted by a well-timed Trent Sainsbury challenge as France tried to get back on the offensive, and another Sainsbury intervention saw Hernandez thwarted after he had found space on the left.

Australia weathered that early storm, though, and came agonisingly close to taking the lead after 17 minutes.

However midway through the first half, Australia started fighting back, with Sainsbury going close to scoring after a flawless free kick from Aaron Mooy.

Now they will face Denmark and Peru in their last two group games knowing that they have to come away with results but also knowing that with the set up that van Marwijk has put into place that they're more than capable of achieving their aim of qualifying for the next stage.

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