Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Antoine Griezmann Must Do More, Says France Coach Didier Deschamps

Antoine Griezmann Must Do More, Says France Coach Didier Deschamps

France eventually overcame a resolute Australia side 2-1 in the opening Group C game thanks to Paul Pogba's victor, following a controversial match that included the first-ever VAR-assisted goal at a World Cup.

Just 4 minutes later, however, France's Samuel Umtiti made a freakish mistake, his flailing arm making contact with a high cross from Aaron Mooy, forcing the referee to award another penalty, which Australian captain Mile Jedinak converted.

"We all are sure that there will not be any problems for the Nigerian players because the atmosphere we felt already arriving in Russian Federation was very good", he said. Nobody expected that we could play like this against France.

Two penalties in four minutes lit the touchpaper in France and Australia's Group C contest on the first Saturday morning of the World Cup.

"We gave a very good account of ourselves and pushed a team right to the limit, a French team that are tipped to go on and do big things", Jedinak said.

France went into this tournament as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy, but they have much to do if they hope to go far in this tournament.

"From my position, I couldn't see it really well, I thought at first it was no penalty".

"I am proud and disappointed". There were many situations in which France did not know what to do anymore.

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France's play was losing its early intensity, with passes beginning going astray and Australia growing in belief as the half-hour approached.

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.

After a ferocious first ten minutes, Australia contained France for the remainder of the first-half.

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

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann produced the best of the efforts, connecting well with a powerful half-volley from distance which Ryan dealt with comfortably.

That was until nine minutes from time when a well-worked move from France resulted in a great one-two from Pogba and Oliver Giroud which resulted in Pogba scoring via a deflection and the crossbar. "If there is not conclusive proof that the referee has made a mistake, we should allow the game to play out".

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.

The striker's penalty was the first awarded through the VAR system. We got ourselves back into the game, we felt good.

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