France striker Antoine Griezmann says 'it was a penalty' vs. Australia

Tanya Simon
June 18, 2018

Despite a largely disjointed display Mourinho believes Deschamps got his team selection correct and expects France to improve as the tournament continues.

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.

France's first goal came from a video assistant referee (VAR) reviewed penalty - the first at a World Cup - which van Marwijk says will be forever debated.

In the second match, Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Iceland managed a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the first World Cup appearance for the tiny island nation. "He's a very ambitious player but in the locker room, the (team) bus and the base camp, he was happy", said France left-back Lucas Hernandez, who also plays for Atletico.

He had originally waved away appeals for a penalty after Antoine Griezmann was taken down while racing onto a Paul Pogba through-ball.

Then there are the purists, like former Federation Internationale de Football Association president and France star Michel Platini, who believe such technology disrupts the flow of the game and undermines a referee's authority.

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

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There was no doubting the quality of the approach play to Pogba's goal, though, after he exchanged one-twos with two team mates to carve his way through the middle of the Australia defence.

"We are definitely going to have to try to win the game".

"We have to play more as a team and respect those games. They received a yellow card - but our chance was gone".

Technology was again called on to confirm the entire ball crossed the goal-line, leaving Australia's players distraught.

Gambian referee Bakary Gassama who employed VAR technology in the Peru-Denmark game had earlier expressed optimism that the VAR system which "we are all learning" will give match officials a sense of security when making big decisions.

"Australia were comfortable without the ball, but they had time to play and try to come to the final third in possession".

Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to represent France at a World Cup at 19 years, 178 days.

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