France awarded penalty in first VAR overrule at World Cup

France awarded penalty in first VAR overrule at World Cup

France awarded penalty in first VAR overrule at World Cup

"The referee did not see there was a foul and he rectified", responded Deschamps after being questioned about the goal action of Griezmann who scored the first VAR-assisted penalty. It was advantage France as they converted the penalty and moved ahead of the Aussies.

The VAR system is making its first appearance at a World Cup.

The Uruguayan referee then changed his mind after looking at the VAR replay and pointed to the spot, and Griezmann scored.

Deschamps also hailed Paul Pogba's performance and the late goal for the Manchester United star midfielder.

Captain Hugo Lloris' form has suffered for France recently, but the Tottenham goalkeeper was alert to keep Australia at bay in the first half.

That was not the case, and instead Jedinak played an integral role in midfield, scoring from the penalty spot to level the scores in the second half.

"That's a big compliment for us", added the Dutchman.

The final match of the day between Croatia and Nigeria was nothing to write home about, with a Nigerian own goal and no shots for either time in the first half.

France last played a south American side three months ago, a 3-2 defeat to Colombia in Paris.

After a nervous start where the pace of the French forwards looked like overwhelming the Australia defence, the Socceroos worked their way back into the contest and had the best chance to score before halftime. "They are a well organised team, physically strong and we'll need to find a way to counteract that". "Nobody expected that we could play like this against France", he said. "But, yes, we must do better, and we can do better", he said.

The result - in many ways, getting off to a winning start in Russian Federation was all that mattered for Didier Deschamps' men and they did that - just about.

In the 62ndm minute, France also conceded a penalty after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the box. "I can't blame any of the players". "The next game is another game but it gives us confidence, I think".

"The majority of French players were too comfortable or not wanting to risk too much, or not confident enough to make things happen".

Deschamps was a World Cup victor as a player, lifting the trophy as captain in Paris after a crushing 3-0 final win over Brazil in 1998.

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