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France beat Australia 2-1 in a game that featured two penalties, VAR, and goal-line technology

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Pogba, Jedinak, and Griezmann scored as France beat Australia 2-1 in a game that featured two penalties, VAR, and goal-line technology

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France named Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Ousmane Dembele in attack for their opening game of the World Cup.

There were few surprises in Didier Deschamps' line-up, with Manchester United's Paul Pogba in midfield alongside Chelsea's N'Golo Kante.

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Australia had Andrew Nabbout spearheading their attack, while Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy started along with Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak.

Tim Cahill had to settle for a place on the bench.

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Despite France being the overwhelming favourites, the sides went to the break locked at 0-0.

In fact, only a brilliant save from Hugo Lloris kept France level, getting down sharply to prevent Kylian Mbappe putting through his own goal.

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The game came to life at the start of the second half as VAR made its first impact on the World Cup.

On first glance, Joshua Risdon looked to have made a terrific saving tackle to deny a clean-through Antoine Griezmann.

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However, referee Andres Cunha requested for the incident to be reviewed by television officials, who decided Ridson - who was then booked - had committed a foul.

Griezmann was not willing to engage in the Australian protests and duly scored from the spot.

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Australia were soon level, a penalty of their own after Samuel Umtiti handled in the box, an error so bad it did not require review.

Mile Jedinak duly converted to make it 1-1.

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France opened up their World Cup with a scrappy 2-1 win over Australia that was marred by a VAR decision.

Les Bleus went ahead just before the hour when Antoine Griezmann scored from the spot, though that did not tell the full story.

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Griezmann had been clean through before being tackled by Joshua Risdon. Referee Andres Cunha asked for a replay of the incident and decided a penalty should be awarded.

Australia leveled quickly, Mile Jedinak scoring from the spot also after Samuel Umtiti's handball.

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But France got the win as Paul Pogba scored with 10 minutes to go, the goal given after goal-line technology showed his shot crossed the line after hitting the bar.

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