France fail to convince in victory over Australia

Socceroos 2018

Socceroos 2018

"I know I can do far better, but I am relaxed about it, I know it is going to get better".

"We have many young players, it's logical that they were a bit shaky at the start", Matuidi said.

Four minutes later Australia had a penalty of their own when Samuel Umtiti handled a Mooy cross, Jedinak rolling the ball low beyond Lloris to level after VAR had again been used to confirm the handball.

While Australia failed to convert the free-kick which was awarded to them after 75th minute of the match, France-who replaced Griezmann with Olivier Giroud- were searching for opportunities with no avail.

France midfielder Paul Pogba played a major role in his side winning their first FIFA World Cup 2018 fixture against Australia on Saturday and getting off to a good start to their campaign.

Both VAR and goal-line technology came to the fore as France beat Australia 2-1 in the first Group C match of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday.

The Manchester United midfielder's shot took a deflection off the boot of defender Aziz Behich before creeping over the outstretched hands of Ryan and bouncing over the goalline.

When new Australia coach Van Marwijk guided Netherlands to the World Cup final in 2010, he did so not by playing lovely football throughout the competition - they were a team with plenty of bite and aggression in their ranks.

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Eight Holland players were shown cards in the game, including a red card for Johnny Heitinga, and don't be surprised to see Van Marwijk employ similar tactics to try and stop France from playing here.

After the equalizer, both sides became much more physical as they anxiously searched for the victor.

Mbappe and Griezmann started against US in France's last friendly before their trip to Russian Federation, but Olivier Giroud has been dropped in favour of Dembele.

On 17 minutes France 'keeper Hugo Lloris turned a risky deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.

Cunha waved play on but, after the review, the penalty was given and blasted home by Griezmann with 58 minutes played, with Risdon was booked.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain star takes his place up front alongside Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann and Barcelona youngster Dembele.

France's early verve was sorely lacking for the remainder of the half, with Australia able to keep their more illustrious opponents comfortably at arm's length before the interval.

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

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