Australians Bust Up World Cup Ball


"I hoped that maybe one time there would be a very honest referee, and in that moment, that he wouldn't go to the video screen", the Dutchman said.

Just three minutes later, Australian captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and coolly converted the penalty corner into the goal to level the score 1-1.

No doubt there were plenty of ifs from a French point of view too, but the reality is Australia contained an attacking unit featuring the world-class talents of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele for most of the match.

The most optimistic fans of Les Bleus will remember that France started its campaign in Russian Federation with a 2-1 win over Australia. Sainsbury, in particular, made some important interceptions, notably in the 29th minute when he nicked the ball off Griezmann's feet just as the Atletico man was about to pull the trigger from 10 yards out.

The Socceroos have been undone by misfortune against a somewhat underwhelming French outfit, losing their first game of the 2018 World Cup 2-1. The Socceroos faced heartbreak after an inspiring performance in the first-half which saw them suffocate France with their rigidity at the back.

Although referee Andres Cunha initially waved play on, he pointed to the spot after consulting video technology, Griezmann having been clipped by Risdon as he entered the box.

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The Australia midfield stalwart was left bamboozled after defender Josh Risdon was penalised on review for bringing striker Antoine Griezmann down during the 2-1 loss at Kazan Arena on Saturday.

Australia didn't really look like scoring but France wasn't really either until Pogba, who had not been allowed to take his usual control of the midfield, poked home an 80th minute victor.

Paul Pogba struck the victor in the 81st minute when his half-volley snuck in off the crossbar.

Technology again went in France's favour as goal-line technology ruled that Pogba shot landed inside the goal before bouncing out. I can not blame any of my players.

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. I cannot blame any of my players I can only give them compliments.

It was a courageous display from the Australians who looked world-class in periods but ultimately lacked conviction up front. The Socceroos played with all heart and kept the French attackers at bay for a majority of the game but it was the Manchester United midfielder who with his continuous pressing won the game for his country. We lacked a fair bit of pace in how we moved the ball around and how we got forward when we pinched it, and this played into Australia's hands.