Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann Lead France Past Australia in 2018 World Cup

Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann Lead France Past Australia in 2018 World Cup

Coach Bert van Marwijk immediately switched to a back four from the three-man defence favoured by his predecessor Ange Postecoglou when he took over in March and has forged a side that looks more compact.

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.

Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russian Federation 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

The Uruguayan official had earlier stood by the side of the pitch to watch the challenge by Josh Risdon on Griezmann on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor and decided the Australia right back had brought the French striker down in the area.

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after running to the touchline to view the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann slotted past Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan at the Kazan Arena.

Australia were awarded a penalty of their own on hour mark when Samuel Umtiti handled in the box.

France were given and scored a controversial penalty against Australia after the use of VAR early in the second half.

Les Bleus went back in front with 10 minutes to go.

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Although all of the defining moments came in the second half, the first half had also been a good contest.

France had fashioned the opening chance with two minutes on the clock, Kylian Mbappe bringing a save from Mat Ryan with an angled shot.

That was soon followed up by attempts by Paul Pogba from a free kick outside the area and a drive from Antoine Griezmann from a similar distance that required more action from Ryan.

However midway through the first half, Australia started fighting back, with Sainsbury going close to scoring after a flawless free kick from Aaron Mooy.

France's Antoine Griezmann and Djibril Sidibe celebrate after the match.

That was the closest that Australia came to scoring in open play but their efforts in this match will be recognised around the world. They will face Denmark on June 26 in their final group stage match.

And within a minute, his side took the lead when Pogba's effort clipped a defender before bouncing off the bar and in, goalline technology confirming it had crossed the line and another VAR check finding there had been no offside in the build-up.

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