KAZAN: France needed the assist of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video evaluation and a deflected Paul Pogba aim to get their World Cup marketing campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.
Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the historic spot kick in the 58th minute however Australia hit back with a penalty of their very own when Samuel Umtiti inexplicably dealt with the ball in the container 4 minutes later.
Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the incorrect way to provide Australia hopes of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena however Pogba grabbed the winner in the 81st minute.
Even that intention would possibly not have counted in the days before technological know-how was once added into the sport with Pogba’s shot looping off the shin of Aziz Behich, hitting the crossbar and bouncing down inner the purpose earlier than coming again out.
Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha checked the goal-line monitor on his watch and awarded the intention as Australia keeper Mat Ryan stood conserving the ball in his hands.
Cunha had formerly watched the undertaking by means of Josh Risdon on Griezmann on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) screen by means of the aspect of the pitch and decided the Australia right again had added the French striker down in the area.
France’s youthful attack ensured they had the higher of the opening half of the in shape however Australia had the high-quality threat earlier than the damage when a deflection off Frenchman Corentin Tolisso from an Aaron Mooy free kick was once properly saved via Lloris.
Didier Deschamps’s France aspect will cross on to their ultimate Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three factors but plenty to do to justify their location among the pre-tournament favourites.
Australia and their 10,000 gold-shirted fans will be disillusioned that all their difficult work earned them nothing as they are looking for to get out of the crew stage for the 2d time in their fifth World