France conquer Australia with some help from video assistant referee technology

Cunha referee VAR France Australia

Cunha referee VAR France Australia

Referee Andres Cunha was alerted by the VAR to a possible penalty, reviewed the footage and awarded a penalty to France.

The Australians levelled through a Mile Jedinak penalty but were punished by a clever Pogba finish with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

"It's a good job there was video in this case", Griezmann told beIN Sport TV.

"We all are sure that there will not be any problems for the Nigerian players because the atmosphere we felt already arriving in Russian Federation was very good", he said.

The French team was given a penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.

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"We gave a very good account of ourselves and pushed a team right to the limit, a French team that are tipped to go on and do big things", Jedinak said. On a few times occasion France were left waiting for a ball to be used to the corner. "If you lose because of a penalty you can talk about it. then (they scored) a lucky goal just before the end".

In a tight first half that saw Griezmann, teenager Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele fail to spark, it was the yellow-clad Aussie fans who have invaded the Tatar capital who had most to cheer about.

Australia didn't really look like scoring but France wasn't really either until Pogba, who had not been allowed to take his usual control of the midfield, poked home an 80th minute victor.

The technology again came to France's aid for the second time in the 81st minute with Paul Pogba's goal being counted using the goal-line technology.

An Australian team determined not to suffer the all but tournament-ending torpedoes their predecessors had at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups - when we conceded twice inside the first half hour at both competitions - were compact and committed early.

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Hugo Lloris had to be at his best after 17 minutes after the French shot-stopper produced a superb low save to keep out Corentin Tolisso's miscued clearance.

Federation Internationale de Football Association director of referees Massimo Busacca admitted the system was rushed in for the World Cup, but would help referees make better decisions in Russia.

France's forward Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16.

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann produced the best of the efforts, connecting well with a powerful half-volley from distance which Ryan dealt with comfortably.

The real drama, however, unfolded after the interval with the VAR decision.

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As for the 2-1 loss, Jedinak said the players were shattered not to have hung on for a draw.

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