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France 2-1 Australia: VAR to the fore as Paul Pogba decides World Cup Group C clash

France stuttered to a 2-1 win over Australia in their opening Group C World Cup clash as the use of video technology came to the fore for the first time in the tournament.

France were awarded a penalty when VAR helped overrule the referee’s original decision for a challenge on Antoine Griezmann by Josh Risdon inside the area, from which Griezmann fired home (58).

However, Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled inside the area and Mile Jedinak converted from the penalty spot (62) to level the scores.

France struggled to break down Australia’s stern defence but gained a huge slice of luck when Paul Pogba’s deflected effort looped over Matt Ryan and bounced off the underside of the crossbar with goal-line technology confirming the ball had crossed the line.




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