Video Assistance Referee called upon in France 2-1 win over Australia
In a historic match, VAR (Video Assistance Referee) assisted penalty goal helps France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener at Kazan Arena.
After a goalless first half, the game sparked in life 58th minutes of the second session when VAR helped overrule the referee´s original decision for a challenge by Josh Risdon on Antoine Griezmann and was awarded a penalty which was converted Griezmann.
However four minutes later Samuel Umtiti conceded the penalty after handling the ball inside the box and Mile Jedinak stepped in to bring the parity in the game.
Ten minutes before the end of regulation time Paul Pogba helped France to regain the lead with the help of VAR. Paul Pogba exchanged moves with Mbappe and Olivier Giroud before his right foot shot nicked off Aziz Behich and looped over Ryan and bounced off the crossbar and narrowly over the goal line asking the Goal Line Technology to interfere for the right decision and awarded the goal.
Full time: France 2-1 Australia
90: Five minutes added time
87: Yellow card Aziz Behich
84: Substitution for Australia. Robbie Kruse OFF Daniel Arzani IN
80: Goal! Paul Pogba scores for France
78: Substitution for France. Corentin Tolisso OFF Blaise Matuidi IN
76: Yellow card Corentin Tolisso
72: Substitution for Australia. Tomas Rogic OFF Jackson Irvine IN
70: Substitution for France Ousmane Dembele OFF Nabil Fekir IN
70: Substitution for France. Antoine Griezmann OFF Olivier Giroud IN
64: Substitution for Australia Andrew Nabbout OFF Tomi Juric IN
62: Penalty Goal by Mile Jedinak for Australia
58: Goal! Antoine Griezmann scores for France
57: Yellow card Josh Risdon
46: Second half kick-off
Half-time: France 0-0 Australia
45: One minute added time
13: Yellow card Mathew Leckie
1: First half kick off
AUSTRALIA Line-up: Mat Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Miligan, Aziz Behich; Mathew Leckie, Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Robbie Kruse; Tomas Rogic, Andrew Nabbout.
FRANCE Line-up: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez; Corentin Tolisso, N Gtolo Kante, Paul Pogba; Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele.