VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match


Both VAR and goal-line technology came to the fore as France beat Australia 2-1 in the first Group C match of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday.

Just 4 minutes later, however, France's Samuel Umtiti made a freaky 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.

The Australian defence, for the first time really, had been a little caught, but it looked like Joshua Risdon had made a really good challenge to deny France and Griezmann, who went down inside the box.

The 1998 champions did not have the best of starts to the match against the Socceroos and after some early pressure, they failed to create any considerable threats in the first half as it ended goallessly.

Didier Deschamps' men were frustrated throughout by a gutsy Australian defensive display and French pride was only restored in the 81st minute.

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after running to the touchline to view the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann slotted past Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan at the Kazan Arena.

Australia will also be desperate for a positive start, given their last two World Cup campaigns in Brazil and South Africa were all but ruined by first-match drubbings.

A few minutes later, Samuel Umtiti weirdly raised his hand to a free-kick from the right, resulting in a penalty.

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Bancroft was subsequently whacked with a nine-month ban from worldwide and first-class cricket by Cricket Australia. At stumps on day two the West Indies were 118 for 2 in reply to Sri Lanka's first-innings score of 253 all out.

But with 17 minutes gone Hugo Lloris prevented Australia from taking a surprise lead, making a fine low save after another Mooy delivery had been deflected towards his own goal by Corentin Tolisso.

The Manchester United midfielder played in Antoine Griezmann for the forward to win a penalty for France's opening goal, before later seeing his deflected shot go in via the underside of the crossbar for the victor.

Though Australia pushed forward in search of an equalizer, France held on to seal an unconvincing victory.

While Australia coach Bert van Marwijk admitted his disappointment at seeing VAR used against his side, he praised his players' efforts.

"I'm disappointed because I think we deserved a point. We must do better".

This game promises to be intense so stay with us for all the updates. I cannot blame any of my players, I can only give them compliments.

"He needs to do more, and knows it", Deschamsp said.