Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

France edge Australia with helping hand from VAR

France edge Australia with helping hand from VAR

Earlier, it was a bad lack of concentration from Samuel Umtiti in the 60th minute that saw Australia's captain Mile Jedinak scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot for the Socceroos.

A high-tec refereeing tool was also as France re-established their advantage with ten minutes left in Kazan, when Paul Pogba's effort hit the underside of the crossbar and, via goal-line technology, was correctly deemed to have gone in.

Australia and their fans will be disappointed that all their hard work earned them nothing as they seek to get out of the group stage for the second time in their fifth World Cup.

"I think there were a lot of moments they didn't know what to do any more. a lucky goal just before the end. we deserved a draw". "[They] couldn't have had any more luck on their side for that one".

After a balanced first half in the Group C match at the Kazan Arena, France was awarded the first penalty following a VAR review.

Coach van Marwijk said his first reaction was that it was not a penalty but preferred to talk about the pride he had in his players.

"He is our lead forward and he will remain our lead forward", he told reporters.

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"But, like I said, we have still got to play the game and focus on the game and try not to let those little things, or sometimes they could be big things, try not to let it distract us to much".

France's play was losing its early intensity, with passes beginning going astray and Australia growing in belief as the half-hour approached. I can not blame any of my players.

Sadness was only temporary for the Australian contingent, as three minutes later, Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti somehow forgot what sport he was playing when he raised his hands above his head and touched Aaron Mooy's out-swinging free-kick inside the box.

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

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk, however, was unhappy with its deployment and felt Uruguayan Cunha was still undecided even after seeing the replay.

Mile Jedinak then became the first player to have both captained and scored for the Socceroos at two separate World Cups when he planted the resulting spot-kick past Hugo Lloris.

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