Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

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At the World Cup, VAR technology is only used to correct "clear and obvious mistakes" - to allow or disallow goals, award or deny penalties, show or rescind red cards, or correct instances of mistaken identity when a referee disciplines the wrong player.

Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.

One of the main takeaways for the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship-winning former captain is that he youthful starting XI, France's youngest in an opening match at that level since 1930, needs more experience. After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot.

When he scored a sensational freekick goal against Russian Federation last March - on what would have been his father's 80th birthday - Pogba lifted his French No 6 jersey to reveal a white T-shirt carrying the message: "Happy birthday Papa". After the video review, a penalty shot was assessed and Griezmann drove it home for the lead at the 58-minute mark. Just after I got up, it was hurting a bit.

MF Corentin Tolisso, 4 - Booked after 76 minutes and substituted two minutes later, he was lucky that Lloris prevented a first half own goal.

That sparked a concerted offensive by Didier Deschamps' team but Australia stemmed the tide as the half progressed.

Les Bleus' game-winner arrived after goal-line technology awarded Paul Pogba a goal that likely wouldn't have been given prior to FIFA's technological revolution.


The Socceroos, rank outsiders, outplayed tournament fancies France for much of the contest.

"Paul has got a lot of potential, he puts himself in the best position". I'm proud but disappointed.

Pogba's France will be back in action on 21 June, when they face Peru in their second World Cup fixture.

"But we lacked speed in terms of moving the ball around or getting forward and that benefited Australia's game".

'You didn't really see a pressing team.

"It's hard to get over the fact that we probably should have had a point at least".

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