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France benefited from the first consultation with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in World Cup history, with Antoine Griezmann being granted a penalty in Les Bleus' opener vs. Australia.

"Technical" France defeated Australia in the first match.

There was a moment of history at Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time to reverse a decision in a World Cup match.

Antoine Griezmann has "freed his mind" and is ready for the World Cup after ending speculation about his club career, says France boss Didier Deschamps.

A second-guess from a referee, some vague video and cruel luck denied Australia in a 2-1 defeat against France at the World Cup, according to coach Bert van Marwijk.

"It's true that he went through a bad patch following the competition but he showed how [much of] an fantastic player he was and he is by scoring goal after goal".

The replay indicated that Risdon may have got a slight touch on the ball, but definitely caught Griezmann in the box, leading the referee to give a spot kick, from which Griezmann converted.

"I think the main idea of every team in the three days so far has been not to press".

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.

With the scores evenly poised at 1-1 going into the latter stages of the game, Pogba's lobbed effort deflected off Australia full-back Aziz Behich and the crossbar to creep over the goalline. "If you take Zinedine Zidane out of the 1998 squad, we didn't really have the star players that we have now".

It's the ideal start for France, whose ambition is to finish at the top of a group that also includes Peru and Denmark.

Possession of ball: France 56%, Australia 44%.

The talented midfielder has huge pressure on his shoulders to lead his nation to glory in Russian Federation and managed to help them secure all three points despite their uninspiring display.