Australia must learn from World Cup mistakes, not blame technology

Australia must learn from World Cup mistakes, not blame technology

Antoine Griezmann's performance and substitution in France's narrow 2-1 win over Australia has sparked criticism, and his coach Didier Deschamps has declared he expects more from his forward.

'Disappointing to lose but very impressive effort from the Socceroos against France - put up a great fight, ' tweeted one. The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end.

France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.

Infantino had repeatedly promised that VAR would be used at the June 14-July 15 World Cup and has made it one of his priorities since being elected Federation Internationale de Football Association chief in February, 2016.

Minutes later, they drew level through a penalty of their own - Samuel Umtiti with a freakish handball gifting Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak the chance to level things up.

With nine minutes left to play Pogba scored the victor when his flicked ball was deflected in by Aziz Behich.

Even Pogba's goal might not have stood in the days before technology was brought into the game with the midfielder's shot looping off the shin of Aziz Behich, hitting the crossbar and bouncing down inside the goal before coming back out.


Technology was again called on to confirm the entire ball crossed the goal-line, leaving Australia's players distraught. I think it's an own goal, but it's the action, ' Mourinho told RT. "Olivier, he has been with us for a while, he has an efficiency that is very good". Denmark as collective is the team to beat - we will be doing our homework and our structure and game plan will be on that. I'm disappointed with this.

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.

'. The way we wanted to play, they (Australian players) did it for 95 per cent, so I cannot blame any of my players, I only can give them compliments.

"We deserved a point". At least, we. deserved to play a draw'.

When asked whether Griezmann might not feature in his starting line-up for France's forthcoming Group C game against Peru, Deschamps replied: "No, no, but he must do more".

Scoring via a Mile Jedinak penalty so soon after conceding in the second half was also an impressive show of resolve, which will give Bert van Marwijk's men confidence throughout the tournament.

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