France defeats Australia 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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"It seems I have less right than others to make mistakes", he told Telefoot.

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.

Last night Cristiano Ronaldo rose to the occasion and gave all of us plenty of taking points in Portugal's enthralling 3-3 draw with Spain.

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.


France will hope for a more fluid performance against Peru on Thursday, while Australia will look to get their campaign back on track when they face Denmark.

Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side - the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria.

And within a minute, his side took the lead when Pogba's effort clipped a defender before bouncing off the bar and in, goalline technology confirming it had crossed the line and another VAR check finding there had been no offside in the build-up.

When new Australia coach Van Marwijk guided Netherlands to the World Cup final in 2010, he did so not by playing attractive football throughout the competition - they were a team with plenty of bite and aggression in their ranks.


This game promises to be intense so stay with us for all the updates. A lot of moments they didn't know what to do any more. "If you lose because of a penalty you can talk about it. then (they scored) a lucky goal just before the end".

After the equalizer, both sides became much more physical as they anxiously searched for the victor.

But in the second half, Giroud came on as a substitute for Antoine Griezmann.

A result against France looks fanciful, but if they are within touch late in the second half, look for Van Marwijk to inject 38-year-old striker Tim Cahill, who is bidding to become only the fourth player ever to score at four World Cups.


Having captained Les Bleus to the 1998 World Cup triumph on home soil, Deschamps knows a thing or two about global success and is blessed with one of the strongest squads among the 32 in Russian Federation.

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