Published: Sat, June 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Antoine Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

Antoine Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

A third chance in the first six minutes arrived when Griezmann's attempt from the edge of the box following a swift France counter-attack was held by Ryan.

France were sluggish throughout the Group C clash but went ahead on 58 minutes after Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty.

Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but he set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Paul Pogba struck the victor in the 81st minute when his half-volley snuck in off the crossbar.

Four minutes later Australia had a penalty of their own when Samuel Umtiti handled a Mooy cross, Jedinak rolling the ball low beyond Lloris to level after VAR had again been used to confirm the handball.

France's Paul Pogba challenges for the ball with Australia's Jackson Irvine during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe reacts during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

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Risdon had appeared to get away with his tackle on the marauding striker, but after a consultation with VAR the referee spotted an illegal clip on the Atletico striker's heel and awarded a spot-kick.

Tim Cahill started the first match of his fourth World Cup adventure on the bench, with Andrew Nabbout starting up front.

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

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

The decision divided opinion on social media, with some protesting that Ridson's touch made the subsequent contact irrelevant, and others claiming the officials had not made a "clear and obvious error" in not initially awarding a spot-kick.

France's early verve was sorely lacking for the remainder of the half, with Australia able to keep their more illustrious opponents comfortably at arm's length before the interval.

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