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

17 June, 2018, 15:36 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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France were awarded a penalty using the Video Assistant Referee system in a World Cup first during their 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the second for France.

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

Referee Andres Cunha halted the game to check footage of the incident on a pitchside monitor before pointing to the penalty spot. Many watching felt replays showed that Risdon did get the faintest of touches on the ball.

Although Australian captain Mile Jedinak levelled from the spot four minutes later following an intentional handball by by Samuel Umtiti, goalline technology was used in decisive fashion when Paul Pogba's deflected shot crept over the goalline in the 81st minute. After being awarded the penalty from the VAR, Les Bleus' late victor - a deflected shot from Paul Pogba - was approved by goal-line technology which sends an instant confirmation to the referee's wrist watch.

With six penalties already awarded after just eight games, many are already asking whether VAR could be responsible as referees rely more and more on the video technology. "He is the best midfielder in the world and because of that he has a lot of haters".

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Struggling to break down a tough and physical Socceroos defence in a frustrating first half, it took a first, historic VAR decision at the World Cup to hand France a lifeline.

'. The way we wanted to play, they (Australian players) did it for 95 per cent, so I cannot blame any of my players, I only can give them compliments.

France will also face Peru and Denmark in Group C.

"He will definitely start, Didier Deschamps is a big fan of his talents but he has to play a very specific role for France if he is to be effective", Desailly told FFT.

"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

The team won admirers for their strong defence against the French but a second guess form a referee denied Australia a deserved draw, coach Bert van Marwijk says.

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