Monday, 24 September, 2018

France awarded controversial penalty after first VAR review in World Cup history

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Julia Gonzales | 17 June, 2018, 07:48

France head into their first World Cup game against Australia on Saturday boasting arguably the tournament's strongest squad and Desailly believes the class of 2018 is just as talented as the team who won the trophy 20 years ago.

Griezmann admitted that pressure surrounding the French team, with seven players out of the 11 starters having never played in a World Cup before, was intense. Moments later, the referee was given the opportunity to consult the VAR service, and chose to award a penalty.

The decision divided opinion on social media, with some protesting that Ridson's touch made the subsequent contact irrelevant, and others claiming the officials had not made a "clear and obvious error" in not initially awarding a spot-kick. I think we've instilled fear in everyone else. "I feel like we were beaten by a better team and nearly by technology a little bit", Ryan said.

Australia's midfielder Mile Jedinak (second left) is congratulated after scoring from the penalty spot during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against France at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

"We are not expecting him to score, he needs to keep the ball, and win some balls", said Griezmann, whose second-half penalty was cancelled out by another penalty from Mile Jedinak.

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

Pogba was unfazed, admitting he got a little help from Aziz Behich as his shot looped off the shin of the Australia defender before going under the bar. "Mistakes happen, you have to own them and the quickly move on", he said.

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The match was decided when Paul Pogba's deflected shot bounced over the line - a goal verified by goalline technology.

"I feel hard done by".

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

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

Antoine Griezmann has "freed his mind" and is ready for the World Cup after ending speculation about his club career, says France boss Didier Deschamps.

"I'm looking for a better explanation of it I guess now but I don't want to take anything away from the game and the attractive game that it is and what we've done today".

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