Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Video Assistant Referee system used for 1st time in WC history

Video Assistant Referee system used for 1st time in WC history

Referee Andres Cunha awarded France a penalty early in the second half against Australia on Saturday after going to the pitchside monitor and overturning his own call.

"I hope that maybe one time there'll be a referee that's very honest", van Marwijk said post-match. I told my teammates that if we maintain that structure and concentration we showed today, let's see where it gets us.

The halftime whistle sounded soon after, and while Peruvian fans consoled each other, Peru's players rushed to support Cueva as the teams headed for the dressing rooms. "It's also hard for a referee to decide in front of 50,000 people when he is doubting".

"I think we lacked some speed in the passes and we did not push forward and move backward very quickly".

"He directly said go on. I was already thinking about how I would take it".

Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan also felt his team was unlucky to claim a point from the game.

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What we were doing in training was completely different to how Iceland played in the game". "It was exciting, a great game". They're an in-form team. "I'm there for the spirit of the camp to get everyone going, to get them all happy".

Everyone is now talking about technology VAR, but I think this is only the beginning. Even if the ball was gone, on replay, it looked like a penalty. You hear that technology was brought in to take out clear-cut errors and all this in the game but that's the grey area. What's conclusive and what's not? "However, we can do better and we have to do better".

Aaron Mooy's free-kick into the box was inadvertently prodded towards his own goal by Corentin Tolisso, but his blushes were spared by captain Hugo Lloris who made brilliant, low save. "Our defence was phenomenal". Pogba broke down the Australian defense on an incredible run and his chip deflected off the underside of the bar and landed just inside the goal line.

It should be remembered, of course, that both have only played one match and are quite capable of improving - however, the issue that both seemed to suffer from goes deeper than simply passing it off as a bad day at the office.

There have now been two missed penalty kicks at Russian Federation 2018 after only three days of competition.

The Socceroos looked transformed from the team that laboured through a long qualifying campaign and two playoffs just to get to Russian Federation as they competed manfully with one of the pre-tournament favourites at the Kazan Arena.

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