France vs Australia (World Cup 2018)

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France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a scrappy 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

Marcel Desailly says Paul Pogba will have to play as a holding midfielder if France are to have a successful World Cup.

There was a moment of history at Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time to reverse a decision in a World Cup match. "No one expected we could play like this against France", he said.

"We are not expecting him to score, he needs to keep the ball, and win some balls", said Griezmann, whose second-half penalty was cancelled out by another penalty from Mile Jedinak.

Level at 1-1 with Iceland in their World Cup opener, the South American side battled hard to find a victor but couldn't do so.

"When the referee went to check out the video, I already had the penalty [in my mind] - I was focused on taking it".

Frenchman Antoine Greizman scored from the spot in the 58th minute after being tripped by Josh Risdon - but contact came after the Australian touched the ball first when making a sliding tackle.

Despite his place in French football folklore, Deschamps' position at the helm of the national team doesn't come without pressure.

Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to represent France at a World Cup at 19 years, 178 days.

Unsurprisingly, France's coach Didier Deschamps took a different slant.

Australia had frustrated Les Bleus for almost an hour of their Group C game, with goalscoring opportunities limited. "I know I can do far better, but I am relaxed about it, I know it is going to get better".

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

The talented midfielder has huge pressure on his shoulders to lead his nation to glory in Russian Federation and managed to help them secure all three points despite their uninspiring display.

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