Paul Pogba scored the goal that proved the match-winner as a stuttering France started their World Cup campaign with a win over Australia on Saturday, June 16, in Kazan in a match featuring two penalties and significant interventions from technology.
Antoine Griezmann also made World Cup history by winning and scoring the first-ever penalty to be awarded by VAR before Mile Jedinak equalised from the spot.
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Didier Deschamps’s men, who were the runners-up on home soil at Euro 2016, flattered to deceive for much of the game before Pogba spared their blushes with eight minutes remaining, his deflected strike ensuring they began their Group C campaign with all three points.
Up next for France will be a match against Peru in Ekaterinburg on Thursday, immediately after Australia play Denmark in Samara.
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The group finishes on Tuesday 26 June, with Denmark playing France at the Luzhniki in Moscow and Australia playing Peru in Sochi.