France 2-1 Australia: Pogba scores late winner after penalties drama in 3 minutes

A late Paul Pogba goal and a VAR-assisted penalty from Antoine Griezmann helped France to a scarcely deserved 2-1 win over Australia.  2018 World Cup  2-1 Antoine Griezmann (58' PEN)  Paul Pogba (80')  Mile Jedinak (62' PEN)  

Match Events   

2' CHANCE! Mbappe's shot saved   5' CHANCE! Griezmann's shot saved   18' CLOSE! Lloris makes a great save   45' CHANCE! Behich's shot wide out   58' Penalty Goal! France 1-0 Australia (A. Griezmann)   PENALTY IS GIVEN! The defender slid in on Griezmann who darted through on goal. The referee initially said "no pen" but the VAR officials had a second look when the ball next when out of play. The referee came pitchside and had a look at his TV. 

It was deemed there was contact! Penalty given. Controversial.    SMASH! Super finish from Griezmann. France lead - but it's dripping in controversy.    

62' Penalty Goal! France 1-1 Australia (M. Jedinak)    Pressure? What pressure? The skipper confidently steps up and rolls a calm strike into the bottom corner. Perhaps justice for Australia after the VAR call arguably went against them! France back to square one!  72' 2 substitutions for France    80' GOAL! France 2-1 Australia (P. Pogba)    A ball breaks to Pogba about 20 yards out, in charges Behich who makes a fine tackle but the ball deflects back towards Ryan who is off his line.   

The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and back into play. The referee looks at his watch...and goal-line technology confirms the ball had crossed the line.   

MATCH REPORT  Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener.  

France were a long way from their best at the Kazan Arena, with their heralded attacking trio of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele failing to ignite against a dogged Australian outfit.   After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area.  

The Atletico Madrid striker's fierce spot-kick was cancelled out just four minutes later by another penalty, Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak slotting home after Samuel Umtiti handled in the area.   Didier Deschamps' side looked to be heading for a disappointing start to their campaign, but Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saw his deflected effort bounce off the crossbar and narrowly over the line 10 minutes from time to secure all three points. 

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