Griezmann 'must do more', says Deschamps

Mooy must

Mooy must

France eventually overcame a resolute Australia side 2-1 in the opening Group C game thanks to Paul Pogba's victor, following a controversial match that included the first-ever VAR-assisted goal at a World Cup.

With France's Group C match against Australia deadlocked, Paul Pogba threaded a pinpoint pass to Antoine Griezmann, who went down in the box following Joshua Risdon's challenge.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Australia hopes of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena but Pogba grabbed the victor in the 81st minute. Because in the first instance I thought it could be (a penalty) and when I saw the replay we sat here and I said, 'Fantastic tackle, well done.

"In Didier Deschamps we have got a manager who was in the dressing room in 1998", Griezmann told reporters before the game.

"It was a highly hard match, it was complicated, the Australian team was very good", French coach Didier Deschamps said.

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Both nations have some big players and both sides will feel that they can make it to the next stage of the competition. Fabianski played most of the qualifiers but Szczesny returned for the final two.

"I hoped that maybe one time there would be a very honest referee, and in that moment, that he wouldn't go to the video screen", the Dutchman said.

Things may have panned out differently had the referee deemed Umtiti's handball worthy of a red card as well as a penalty, something many watching seemed to think was the correct decision.

"I'm proud but disappointed".

The Socceroos showed maturity beyond their footballing years to hold their own against the billion-dollar Les Bleus but a controversial 58th minute penalty and an unfortunately deflected shot ultimately felled the Australians at Kazan Arena.

As was to be expected, France started the game on the front foot with Mathew Ryan forced into making a few smart saves to keep his side on level terms.

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With no marauding full-backs to deal with, the Aussie defence managed to restrict France to only six attempts on goal with only two of them - off which France scored - coming after eight minutes. Among the highlights, the youngest player at the tournament, Socceroo Daniel Arzani, made his World Cup debut.

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.

Griezmann's goal was the first in World Cup history to have been aided by the use of VAR, but it will do little to quell the fierce debate about its use.

Ryan was again in the right place to claim when an attempted Mbappe cross took a deflection before Australia broke to win a free kick that was whipped in by Aaron Mooy but came to nothing. "But we can do better, do a lot better".

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