Historic video review helps France top Aussies in World Cup

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There was a moment of history at Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time to reverse a decision in a World Cup match. "For me it was a penalty".

Australia's manager, Bert van Marwijk, was also outspoken, inferring that the referee caved in to pressure when consulting a replay on the edge of the pitch. "From where I was and where I was standing, the first contact was with the ball".

MF N'Golo Kante, 5 - In hindsight, his qualities were not vital against a physical Australian side and France's midfield needed more drive.

The Frenchman scored his nation's winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Australia in their opening match in the World Cup but was still attacked for "underperforming".

"It was laborious and we didn't do well", he said in the mixed zone.

"I don't feel like we were beaten by a better team, nearly by technology", goalkeeper Mat Ryan said.

Maybe it's a strategy it's a short competition with so many matches to play in a month'.

"But I am not anxious".

"Martial, Lacazette and Kingsley Coman - that's a lot of players, I agree", Desailly told Omnisport. We must do better than that.

Supporters were excited to see their favorites perform as intended, and will be anticipating a grander show for the duration of the World Cup that was left.

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Speaking to Russia Today, Mourinho stated: "For me, it's not about the goal".

There were early warning signs that this could be a walk in the park for France in Kazan - and a long afternoon for Australia - as Benjamin Pavard released Kylian Mbappe, who brought a sharp early save from Ryan.

"I was really helped by the defender".

This game promises to be intense so stay with us for all the updates. He won. He is doing his job and he's getting better and he's becoming more mature.

Minutes later the Socceroos drew level through a penalty of their own, although this time it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris. I was able to re-focus, thanks to my teammates, and focus on the win and the win only.

He had originally waved away appeals for a penalty after Antoine Griezmann was taken down while racing onto a Paul Pogba through-ball.

"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

"I prefer to to talk about the game". It is a step forward.

Pogba's France will be back in action on 21 June, when they face Peru in their second World Cup fixture.

"We all have to raise our game now and step by step we need to build our confidence and our momentum". The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end. "When 11 players are thinking the same football, it makes things easier", he added. "He was even the captain, so he'll take us to the right path".