Historic Griezmann goal, Pogba secure slender win

Olivier Giroud

GETTY Olivier Giroud has been urged to start for France

He didn't ask VAR and instead pointed straight to the spot.

Antoine Griezmann netted the 58th minute spot-kick to open the scoring.

"We are going to have our first World Cup with video assisted refereeing", FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters after a meeting of the FIFA Council.

The France striker scored the spot kick, with Paul Pogba getting France's victor after Mile Jedinak had equalised from the spot and all the goals coming after the break.

Didier Deschamps' side looked to be heading for a disappointing start to their campaign, but Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saw his deflected effort bounce off the crossbar and narrowly over the line 10 minutes from time to secure all three points.

"Paul has got a lot of potential, he puts himself in the best position".

The Australians matched the fancied French for much of their battle in Kazan in a display which heartened coach Bert van Marwijk.

The 25-year-old will be hoping to help Manchester United enjoy a strong season next term, but before that he will be bidding to hit top gear for France at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

Australia weathered that early storm, though, and came agonisingly close to taking the lead after 17 minutes.

Mbappe is set to play a starring role for France at the World Cup after an impressive debut season for PSG, in which he scored 21 goals in 44 appearances across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions.

With six penalties already awarded after just eight games, many are already asking whether VAR could be responsible as referees rely more and more on the video technology. At least, we. deserved to play a draw'. We gave a very good performance.

"I prefer to to talk about the game".

France head into their first World Cup game against Australia on Saturday boasting arguably the tournament's strongest squad and Desailly believes the class of 2018 is just as talented as the team who won the trophy 20 years ago. The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end.

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