Antoine Griezmann Hits Historic VAR Penalty As France Squeeze Past Australia

Nabbout is in contention to start up front for Australia. Pic GettyMore

Nabbout is in contention to start up front for Australia. Pic GettyMore

In a moment that will go down in the World Cup history books, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was used to award a penalty for the first time in the tournament as France clinched a 2-1 win over Australia at Kazan Arena.

Griezmann fired this effort from 12 yards to Ryan's left - with the goalkeeper not moving - but three minutes later, Australia got the justice that they felt they deserved when been given a spot kick at the other end.

Paul Pogba was included the starting line-up, while Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe lead the attack.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot and Paul Pogba netted an 80th-minute victor as Les Bleus overcame a dogged Socceroos in the first game of their group.

"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

The opening minutes of the second half also passed by without incident but just before the hour mark, France were controversially awarded a penalty for a foul by Josh Risdon on Antoine Griezmann, a decision given with the assistance of VAR despite the defender getting a touch to the ball. Mooy's free-kick was handled inside the area by Samuel Umtiti.

France had started the match at full tilt and Australia was under pressure from the outset before their organisation and structure began to work and they gradually got back into the game to prevent the French attacks.

Man of the match Antoine Griezmann took the spot kick himself putting it past Mat Ryan who barely moved.

France will be looking to kick-start their campaign with a victory against Australia, which could be tough for Les Blues, who are one of the favourites for this year.

Matt Ryan will start in front of the goal for the Socceroos in their opener against France.

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.

The trio did do enough to ensure France had the better of the opening half but Australia had the best chance to score before the break when a deflection off Frenchman Corentin Tolisso from an Aaron Mooy free kick was well saved by Lloris.

Australia struggled to respond from the disappointment of conceding a second and although France failed to find a third in the final minutes, Deschamps and his players will be delighted to come through with maximum points from a fixture where they under-performed.

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