Australia keep France at bay in enthralling first half

Antoine Griezmann

After multiple views of the replays, the VAR ruled it as a penalty which Griezmann converted successfully to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.

Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russian Federation 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

Cunha had earlier watched the challenge by Josh Risdon on Griezmann on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor by the side of the pitch and decided the Australia right back had brought the French striker down in the area.

Uruguayan official Cunha initially played on following Risdon's challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the penalty spot after consulting VAR and viewing a screen next to the dugouts.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled a free-kick in the box, allowing Socceroos captain Jedinak to calmly send Lloris the wrong way.

Man of the match Antoine Griezmann took the spot kick himself putting it past Mat Ryan who barely moved.

Matt Ryan will start in front of the goal for the Socceroos in their opener against France.

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It was no less than Australia deserved following the contentious goal that they had conceded.

Unfortunately all the efforts were undone when the victor came in the 81st minute.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe reacts during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

France had started the match at full tilt and Australia was under pressure from the outset before their organisation and structure began to work and they gradually got back into the game to prevent the French attacks. Ousmane Dembele headed the ball into the path of Griezmann, who struck a first-time volley straight at the Brighton keeper.

Aaron Mooy's delivery from the left was deflected towards his own goal by Corentin Tolisso, but Hugo Lloris was aware of the danger and turned the ball aside for a corner.

Now they will face Denmark and Peru in their last two group games knowing that they have to come away with results but also knowing that with the set up that van Marwijk has put into place that they're more than capable of achieving their aim of qualifying for the next stage.

And within a minute, his side took the lead when Pogba's effort clipped a defender before bouncing off the bar and in, goalline technology confirming it had crossed the line and another VAR check finding there had been no offside in the build-up.

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