France Beats Australia 2-1

France Beats Australia 2-1

Antoine Greizmann opened the scoring the in 58th minute, after a video review awarded France a penalty kick.

France will be disappointed if it doesn't make the final four - where it would face a potential semifinal match against Brazil in St. Petersburg if it wins Group C. The outsider to watch in the tournament is Peru, which will be playing in its first World Cup since 1982.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk hit out at Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha following the 2-1 World Cup defeat to France on Saturday that saw VAR used for the first time. Then Pogba scored the winning goal in the 81st minute with the aid of goal-line technology. "That was when I thought about how I was going to take it", said Griezmann. "It helped correct a mistake".

Although they thrashed Czech Republic 4-0 in their penultimate warmup before Russian Federation, their scratchy 2-1 win over Hungary in their last start may be a better pointer to their form, the side still grappling with transition from defence to attack.

Australia captain Mile Jedinak had briefly equalized from the penalty spot in the 62nd after France defender Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area. I play and I'm better than Eric [Dier]! But the team of VAR officials had a look at the incident and decided after multiple replays that Griezmann had indeed been fouled.

"But that does not call into question the fact that he will start on Thursday against Peru". "He's a very ambitious player but in the locker room, the (team) bus and the base camp, he was happy", said France left-back Lucas Hernandez, who also plays for Atletico.

A good result for France, but this dynamic attack was anything but.

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The French did not impress in the final third of the field and their defence often looked shaky.

Both could feature in the Group C opener against Australia - and Deschamps has no concerns about his younger players coping under pressure. "The Australians played very defensively. They are here because they have the quality to be here".

MF Aaron Mooy, 7 - A strong start defensively grew into an impressive all-round display.

Giroud and midfielder Blaise Matuidi had a big impact after coming in as substitutes during the second half.

Paul Pogba scores France's second goal.

Coach Bert van Marwijk's defensive strategy nearly produced an unexpected draw against the 1998 World Cup champions, but luck was on the French side in their 2-1 victory at Kazan Arena on Saturday.

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