History made as VAR used to give France a (controversial?) penalty

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History made as VAR used to give France a (controversial?) penalty

For the first time ever in the World Cup, VAR was used to award a penalty that wasn't initially granted by the match referee on the field. Paul Pogba's shot, which was assisted by the Australian defender Aziz Behich and will probably go down as an own goal hit the ball and was just over the line.

"He was standing very close to the moment of the penalty, and he said directly, "Go (play) on".

Australia's midfielder Mile Jedinak (second left) is congratulated after scoring from the penalty spot during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against France at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

"When I received the knock I believed there was a penalty", Griezmann said.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk was not so happy to see the referee originally not give the spot-kick but then change his mind after taking a second look. Two things are important, transition and racing with the ball. "We were not quick enough on the pitch, offensively we were not as good as we can be".

Mbappe is set to play a starring role for France at the World Cup after an impressive debut season for PSG, in which he scored 21 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions.

Griezmann stepped up to slam the spot-kick home - and establish another little bit of Les Bleus history after Karim Benzema became the first player to have a goal awarded by goal-line technology in 2014. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game.

A sharp first-half save from captain Hugo Lloris prevented Australia from going ahead through a Corentin Tolisso own goal, and the Spurs keeper warned that France must do better.

Peru will be stronger than Australia and we will have to be ready and Denmark will be stronger than Peru too. "I don't feel we were beaten by a better team but nearly by technology a little bit".

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