VAR fuels controversy after award of first World Cup penalty

Mile Jedinak sent France goalkeeper and captain Huge Lloris in the wrong direction to level the scoring at 1-1 in the 62nd minute - and perhaps do some justice on the Uruguayan referee's decision at the other end that led to them conceding.

However, Paul Pogba claimed the match for France late on, with the goal-line technology also confirming his deflected shot had gone in after deflecting off the woodwork. I told my teammates that if we maintain that structure and concentration we showed today, let's see where it gets us.

"So I don't know".

"That's disappointing but I think we can be proud with the way we played against one of the best teams in the world".

Australia forward Andrew Nabbout queried why VAR intervened for the first penalty given the decision was "not a clear and obvious error" and winger Mathew Leckie shared a similar view.

While Van Marwijk does not believe a penalty should have been awarded, he does understand the difficulty of the situation Cunha found himself in. We gave a very good performance. "At least, we. deserved to play a draw". "I only can give them compliments".

The Barcelona centre-back inexplicably jutted out a hand to steer a Aaron Mooy's deep cross away from the six-yard box, thus generously affording Australia a penalty of their very own...

Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russian Federation 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

At the first half mark, the hype of the French attack was overcome by the organised tactics of Australia, the attacks were well contained by the men in yellow.

But after highlighting opening match jitters, Deschamps refused to hit out at his misfiring front line of Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and 19-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

French Coach, Deschamps had to re-strategize his tactics to break the organized defense of Australia because Socceroos look quite comfortable, despite the pedigree of the France attack. The match also marked the the first match of Group C when Les Blues took to the field with the Socceroos.

Australia will need two good results against Denmark and Peru to qualify for the knockout stage, but considering the team's bold display, Van Marwijk has reason to believe it's possible.

Reigning champions Germany then face Mexico (1am) in the SBS fixture before tournament favourites Brazil meet Switzerland (4am).

  • Rogelio Becker