Historic video review helps France top Aussies in World Cup

Olivier Giroud

GETTY Olivier Giroud has been urged to start for France

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha initially waved away Griezmann's protests and play went on ... until VAR took center stage.

Antoine Griezmann of France is tackled by Joshua Rsidon (L) of Australia in the penalty box during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group C preliminary round soccer match between France and Australia in Kazan, Russia, 16 June 2018.

But Mourinho was unhappy at the way France's midfield trio of Pogba, Kante and Corentin Tolisso pressed their opponents and praised Australia's midfield duo of Jedinak and Aaron Mooy.

Even that goal might not have counted in the days before technology was brought into the game with Pogba's shot looping off the shin of Aziz Behich, hitting the crossbar and bouncing down inside the goal before coming back out.

France coach Didier Deschamps said: "I'm not going to complain about VAR today because it was in our favour". "It helped correct a mistake".

Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but he set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

In the 62ndm minute, France also conceded a penalty after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the box.

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Australia's rookie skipper, Tim Paine will continue with the tradition of shaking hands before the game. The Aussie skipper said that they would have to do it by their actions.

After reviewing the footage from different angles, the ref reversed his initial decision and awarded France the penalty.

"I'm proud and disappointed, I think we gave a very good performance, nobody had expected that we could play like this against France", said van Marwijk. "The referee did not bow his whistle, so I moved on with that".

He was alerted by the VAR to a possible penalty and went over to the pitchside monitor.

Possession of ball: Argentina 78%; Iceland 22%.

France will also face Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Despite his place in French football folklore, Deschamps' position at the helm of the national team doesn't come without pressure.

From Russian to Hobart, fans had been passionately firing off tweets throughout the game, with many sending photos of themselves across tuning in for the match.

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