Didier Drogba sends message to Man United fans about Paul Pogba

Tanya Simon
June 17, 2018

KAZAN, RUSSIA-Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions laboured to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game.

"If I said that I'm frustrated by the decision I wouldn't be lying".

Speaking to BBC Sport, Drogba said: "I think he does deliver. I think it's an own goal, but it's the action", Mourinho told RT.

The villain of the piece was Samuel Umtiti, who inexplicably handled in his own box to no real benefit.

The Australian defender, Josh Risdon, appeared to get a slight touch on the ball, but ultimately, the call appeared to be the correct one.

The goal was Pogba's 10th goal for France. Moments later, the referee was given the opportunity to consult the VAR service, and made a decision to award a penalty.

Australia leveled the game from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute, but Paul Pogba scored the game victor with just eight minutes left to play in regulation.

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For whatever reason, the VAR never intervened to suggest Marciniak should review his decision - confusing fans who had also watched the Australian game.

A good result for France, but this dynamic attack was anything but.

As for Australia, it just let Denmark and Peru know that it will be no easy match and it has the capability of moving on to the round of 16 if it can put it together in the final two matches.

Paul was dropped by Jose Mourinho due to his inconsistencies as he would play with real intent and vigour one match and then look a shell of himself just a week later. "Our opponents always play deep against us and we need to find a way to play better in those kind of matches".

Samuel Umtiti was involved in one of the most freaky moments at the World Cup so far in France's match against Australia.

Critics of the system say it takes spontaneity out of the game, but the VAR interventions at this year's World Cup have so far been quick and "painless".

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