First VAR causes controversy over Griezmann penalty

Sergey Bobylev  TASS

Sergey Bobylev TASS

So I don't know.

"It's true that he went through a bad patch following the competition but he showed how [much of] an wonderful player he was and he is by scoring goal after goal". "I felt the contact", he said.

"The man of the match award is not the most important thing", he added.

N'Golo Kante was France's anchorman in midfield.

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. "We were not quick enough on the pitch, offensively we were not as good as we can be". It was only the second time I was playing up front with Kylian [Mbappe] and Ousmane [Dembele].

"But I am not anxious".

A second-guess from a referee, some vague video and cruel luck denied Australia in a 2-1 defeat against France at the World Cup, according to coach Bert van Marwijk.

France had technology in its corner later in the match, when Pogba's go-ahead strike in the 81st minute was rightly confirmed by goal-line technology after it hit off the underside of the crossbar and bounced in. Australia defended well. For my goal, I was helped by the defender.

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But the most important thing is to highlight what the team has done. "If we win, we will be taking a big step toward qualifying". While Ronaldo was the star of the show in Sochi, he was helped on his way to a hat-trick by an error from David de Gea .

As it went, Australia weren't behind for long. It was hard to play against them. We have to stay positive.

"For a day or two we will be reflecting on this game", Kruse said. There are obviously areas we still could have done better.

"It was complicated against a team that caused us problems".

"He will be pivotal for us if we want to get results".

Minutes later the Socceroos drew level through a penalty of their own, although this time it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris. I was able to re-focus, thanks to my teammates, and focus on the win and the win only.

Today, France and Australia kick off Group C at 10:00 am GMT for the first of four games on the first Saturday of the tournament.

"We put France under pressure and". "The Australians played very defensively. It's the start. We have to learn a lot about this system".

'Honestly, I like the way France approached the game.

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