Griezmann And Australia Manager Had Different Reactions To VAR Controversy

Griezmann And Australia Manager Had Different Reactions To VAR Controversy

France forward Antoine Griezmann says VAR was correct to award a penalty when he was tripped by Josh Risdon in his side's Group C opener against Australia.

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha did not award a penalty but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a spot-kick and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.

Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba helped France beat Australia 2-1 at the Kazan Arena in Russian Federation on Saturday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Because in the first instance I thought it could be (a penalty) and when I saw the replay we sat here and I said, 'Fantastic tackle, well done.

"After the referee didn't blow his whistle, I forgot all about the VAR. luckily for us the system was there".

"For me, it was a penalty", Griezmann, named man of the match, said afterwards.

Racism has dogged the Russian game for decades and FIFA last month fined the national football association over chants directed at black players during a friendly against France. "They were really compact and it was hard to put intensity in performance, you know", he said.

Griezmann's goal was the first in World Cup history to have been aided by the use of VAR, but it will do little to quell the fierce debate about its use.

Pogba's strike deflected off left-back Aziz Behich and looped over Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan, hitting the underside of the crossbar and bouncing just inches over the goal line - a decision confirmed by technology.

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Indeed, the first half proved to be largely barren, as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele found themselves restricted to sporadic pot-shots and craven attempts to coax freekicks in advanced positions.

Paul Pogba sent a attractive pass through to forward Antoine Griezmann, who looked to make a clear run on goal.

On 17 minutes France 'keeper Hugo Lloris was forced to turn a risky deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.

The World Cup Ball designed this year, known as the Telstar 18, was supposed to be tough and durable.

It was a huge sight of relief for Les Bleus, who went from making a bright start to finishing the first half wondering how to pierce the Australia back line.

To muscle up his team for the next game against Peru in Group C, Deschamps may be tempted to include Matuidi in his starting lineup, and revert to a 4-4-2 formation with Giroud and Griezmann up front.

Mbappe won a free kick 25 yards out after a challenge from behind but Paul Pogba's curling effort over the wall was straight to Ryan. France had plenty of possession, had a dominant share of possession but struggled to create meaningful chances from open play.

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