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FIFA WC PIX: Pogba earns France 2-1 win as technology plays its part

Last updated on: June 16, 2018 17:51 IST
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IMAGES from the FIFA World Cup Group C match played between France and Australia at Kazan Stadium on Saturday

France's Olivier Giroud (right) hoists Paul Pogba after the latter scored his side's second and winning goal against Australia

IMAGE: France's Olivier Giroud (right) hoists Paul Pogba after the latter scored his side's second and winning goal against Australia. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia as technology played a major part in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday.

 

Midfielder Pogba, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half substitute Olivier Giroud nine minutes from time, the effort being confirmed by goal-line technology.

Antoine Griezmann scores France's opening goal from the penalty spot 

IMAGE: Antoine Griezmann scores France's opening goal from the penalty spot. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Antoine Griezmann converted the first penalty to be awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at a World Cup in the 58th after being brought down by Josh Rishdon, only for Mile Jedinak to level, also with a penalty, after Samuel Umtiti handled.

Peru take on Denmark in the other Group C match at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk later on Saturday. 

Hugo Lloris

IMAGE: Hugo Lloris of France makes a save. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

France were held 0-0 at halftime by Australia in their World Cup Group C opener as their expected domination failed to materialise at the Kazan Arena on Saturday.

Kylian Mbappe, forming a fearsome attacking trio with Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, tormented the Australia defence early on but the Socceroos held firm.

Bert van Marwijk's Australia team even had the best chance in the 17th minute when Aaron Mooy's free kick took slight deflections off team mate Mathew Leckie and France's Corentin Tolisso, forcing Hugo Lloris to tip the ball away.

IMAGE: Australia's Aaron Mooy, left, and team mate Andrew Nabbout put pressure on France's Paul Pogba. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Earlier, France coach Didier Deschamps left veteran striker Olivier Giroud out of his starting 11 for the World Cup opener against Australia and picked Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele in a young but potent front three with striker Antoine Griezmann.

As expected, the injured Djibril Sidibe was replaced at right back by Benjamin Pavard but Paul Pogba was retained in a midfield featuring Corentin Tolisso for the Group C match at Kazan Arena on Saturday.

France's Corentin Tolisso and Australia's Andrew Nabbout battle for the ball

IMAGE: France's Corentin Tolisso and Australia's Andrew Nabbout battle for the ball. Photograph: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk retained captain and stalwart midfielder Mile Jedinak, quashing speculation he might leave the Aston Villa man out.

The inexperienced Andrew Nabbout lined up as a likely front man for the Socceroos with wingers Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie. 

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