France vs Australia penalty: Griezmann scores from hugely controversial VAR penalty


The game sprung into life after 58 minutes when France were awarded a penalty with the help of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

Bert van Marwijk's boys restricted their superior opponents to few clear-cut opportunities in Kazan on Saturday night, but were undone late on with Pogba's deflected shot looping over Mat Ryan and clipping the bar on its way over the line.

Highly-fancied France just about edged their way past underdogs Australia in Kazan at the World Cup.

"I definitely got first touch on the might have been a little touch but I definitely did clip it", Risdon said.

Paul Pogba struck the victor in the 81st minute when his half-volley snuck in off the crossbar.

France ultimately prevailed thanks to a penalty awarded following VAR review and a lucky goal from Paul Pogba.

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"We showed guts and we showed that we could be ourselves ... it gives us confidence", he told reporters.

"That's disappointing but I think we can be proud with the way we played against one of the best teams in the world".

"The body language was that he didn't know from my position".

But once play stopped, the referee checked replays using VAR and perceived that Griezmann had been fouled, despite there appearing to be minimal - if any - contact on the Atletico Madrid star.

"I wish them all the luck, and I mean that", he said.

But Australia soon settled and could well have taken the lead, Leckie's flick-on header from an Aaron Mooy free-kick producing a smart save from France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

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Trent Sainsbury and Mark Milligan starred in central defence, keeping the French attacking trio of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele frustrated in the opening exchanges.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot to give Australia hope of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena only for Pogba to grab the victor in the 81st minute.

Australia delivered a gritty display that bodes well for its next two matches.

Also on day three at the Cup, Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw against Iceland in Moscow, Alfred Finnbogason cancelling out Sergio Aguero's brilliant opener.

For the first 10 minutes of this match, France looked as though they might run away with the game and perhaps the tournament itself as they overwhelmed Australia with composure and intent, which led to several promising efforts on goal from Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

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