Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Pogba Bags France Winner Vs Australia As Technology Reigns

Pogba Bags France Winner Vs Australia As Technology Reigns

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.

But Mourinho was unhappy at the way France's midfield trio of Pogba, Kante and Corentin Tolisso pressed their opponents and praised Australia's midfield duo of Jedinak and Aaron Mooy. Moments later, the referee was given the opportunity to consult the VAR service, and made a decision to award a penalty. "I am not going to complain about VAR - it went in our favour", the France manager said.

"It makes you want to copy it and bring this World Cup back to France".

In the game, Messi shot the ball towards the Iceland goal 10 times but could not score even once.

The replay indicated that Risdon may have got a slight touch on the ball, but definitely caught Griezmann in the box, leading the referee to give a spot kick, from which Griezmann converted.

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Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half. Portugal , meanwhile, continued to look risky on the break, with Ronaldo playing a key role in several unsafe moves.

Similarly, Milligan was distraught after keeping the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba largely at bay, restricting France's threat to what they could muster in transition and on the counter.

Australia leveled the game from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute, but Paul Pogba scored the game victor with just eight minutes left to play in regulation.

'Brilliant effort by the Soccoroos against one of the best teams in the world!' "However, after the referee did not blow his whistle, I forgot about VAR - all the better for us [that it exists]".

Australia, whose goal is to survive the group stage, will need two good results to escape elimination.

Deschamps's France side will move on to their remaining Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three points but plenty to do to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites. They also have a skilful and inspired playmaker in Aaron Mooy.

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