Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France squeeze past Australia

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The victor also had a large slice of luck to it. Olivier Giroud, sporting a headband following an injury sustained in France's previous game, headed the ball down and Paul Pogba got his toe to it while being challenged by Aziz Behich.

Antoine Griezmann scored from the first VAR-assisted penalty awarded in the history of the World Cup as title hopefuls France battled to a 2-1 win over gutsy Australia in Kazan on Saturday.

Uruguayan official Cunha initially played on following Risdon's challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the penalty spot after consulting VAR and viewing a screen next to the dugouts.

In defence, full back Djibril Sidibe might still be with the squad but his knee injury means he is highly unlikely to play with Benjamin Pavard stepping up to occupy the right flank outside Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti.

Les Bleus forward Antoine Griezmann went down in the 18-yard box after a tackle from Josh Risdon in the 54th minute.

Earlier, it was a awful lack of concentration from Samuel Umtiti in the 60th minute that saw Australia's captain Mile Jedinak scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot for the Socceroos.

Kylian Mbappe sparkled early on, racing beyond the Australia backline to test goalkeeper Mat Ryan after 93 seconds.

Now they will face Denmark and Peru in their last two group games knowing that they have to come away with results but also knowing that with the set up that van Marwijk has put into place that they're more than capable of achieving their aim of qualifying for the next stage. Ousmane Dembele headed the ball into the path of Griezmann, who struck a first-time volley straight at the Brighton keeper.

Hugo Lloris had to be at his best after 17 minutes after the French shot-stopper produced a superb low save to keep out Corentin Tolisso's miscued clearance. The match starts at 12:00 on 16 June 2018.

Australia struggled to respond from the disappointment of conceding a second and although France failed to find a third in the final minutes, Deschamps and his players will be delighted to come through with maximum points from a fixture where they under-performed.

That was soon followed up by attempts by Paul Pogba from a free kick outside the area and a drive from Antoine Griezmann from a similar distance that required more action from Ryan.

The real drama, however, unfolded after the interval with the VAR decision.

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