Technology comes to France’s aid in 2-1 win over Australia

Frederick Owens
June 17, 2018

With a surprising level of comfort for long periods too.

"We all are sure that there will not be any problems for the Nigerian players because the atmosphere we felt already arriving in Russian Federation was very good", he said. I cannot blame any of my players, I can only give them compliments. When I saw Portugal v Spain, there were goals that maybe stand, maybe don't. Nobody expected that we could play like this against France.

"You can see today they (Australia) play very well, defend very well, they play altogether. We are not here to make excuses, but it is tough to take".

But after another steady 15 minutes to open the second stanza, Australia's stoic display was undone when Aaron Mooy bought every piece of candy N'golo Kante was selling and France charged straight through the heart of our defence.

The replay showed clear contact between Griezmann and Risdon, though the ball was beyond the Frenchman's reach, and the contact was probably not enough to force Griezmann down - exactly the sort of grey-area VAR can do little about.

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the referees committee at Federation Internationale de Football Association, said it was time for the VAR to prove its worth in the modern game because referees were "humans" and should have a safety net to prevent them making mistakes.

He rewatched the tackle on a pitch-side monitor before walking back on to the pitch and pointing to the spot.

Dutchman Van Marwijk, meanwhile, has had only a handful of games to imprint his gameplan on the group's lowest-ranked side.

"The body language was that he didn't know, from my position", van Marwijk said.

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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.

France coach Didier Deschamps made a double change as Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir came on for Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, Australia replacing Tom Rogic with fellow midfielder Jackson Irvine soon afterwards.

"A lucky goal", van Marwijk said.

That was not lost on the match victor who admitted France will have to go up a few gears if they are to trouble the better teams in Russian Federation.

Australia maintained their defensive shape in the second half but a lapse in concentration was exploited by the French.

France face Peru in their next match and will be buoyed by the three-point start, with many predicting the team can go a long way in Russian Federation.

It took a couple of contested decisions but France just about took the spoils in their maiden Group C outing against Australia.

Jedinak urged the Socceroos to use the French loss as motivation ahead of Thursday's fixture against Denmark in Samara - a game they must win or draw to remain a chance of advancing to the tournament's knockout phase.

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