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Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

19 June, 2018, 23:04 | Author: Rachael Silva
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The VAR system is making its first appearance at a World Cup. That's the way things are and we have to get used to it.

Photo: Antonio Calanni/ Associated PressArgentina's Lionel Messi covers his face during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. The referee and assistant didn't immediately flag for a goal, though, and the players waited on the field to see what the decision would be.

France head into their World Cup opener against Australia in Kazan on Saturday sweating on the fitness of fullback Djibril Sidibe and under pressure to deliver an emphatic win to erase doubts about the cohesion of a team of brilliant individuals.

"Many haven't played in a World Cup or European Championships, but if I've selected them then I think they're good for the team".

In scoring the penalty, Griezmann became responsible for the first ever World Cup goal to have been scored as a result of VAR intervention.

A penalty was awarded and Mile Jedinak fired home with aplomb to draw Australia level before Paul Pogba scored a late victor to spare Umtiti's blushes. "But, yes, we must do better, and we can do better", said Deschamps.

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

Dutchman Van Marwijk, meanwhile, has had only a handful of games to imprint his gameplan on the group's lowest-ranked side.

In defence, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, both 22, are likely to start on the flanks after impressive displays in the warm-up games, in the absence of the injured Djibril Sidibe. Australia is not a European team, but that doesn't mean they don't have quality.

"For a lot of our players it was their first match (at the World Cup), but we know that, technically, we didn't play to our potential", he said.

France, who were knocked out in the World Cup quarter finals by eventual champions Germany four years ago in Brazil, also take on Peru and Denmark in the group stage.

The goal was Pogba's 10th goal for France.

"It's a great way to wind down", Alli said before jetting to Russian Federation.

"But we have almost a week before meeting Peru, so we hope to rectify that".

There was also some fairly naive positional play from Australia's full-backs, which Van Marwijk will want to address before the next group games.



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