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

History made as VAR used for first time in World Cup match

After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area.

A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game.

"I thought it was a penalty", Griezmann told reporters at Kazan Arena.

Infantino said VAR had been shown to reduce the number of refereeing mistakes in matches where it has been used and would help football become "a fairer and more transparent sport". "However, after the referee did not blow his whistle, I forgot about VAR - all the better for us [that it exists]".

One of the main takeaways for the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship-winning former captain is that he youthful starting XI, France's youngest in an opening match at that level since 1930, needs more experience. "Olivier, he has been with us for a while, he has an efficiency that is very good".

Australia and their 10,000 gold-shirted 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 haven't seen the replays yet but I think he hits my trailing leg running into the box.

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Australia earned a penalty the conventional way-an obvious handball on Samuel Umtiti-four minutes later, and Mile Jedinak converted on the ensuing PK to pull Australia even.

"He has a big salary and always plays at the big matches and tournaments".

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.

"The whole team has to do more and better in the efforts we put in, in our intensity, in our pressing, in our passing game, in our energy on the pitch", he said in the mixed zone.

Pogba's France will be back in action on 21 June, when they face Peru in their second World Cup fixture. "It's the start. We have to learn a lot about this system". The France midfield were not strong enough in terms of pressing.

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