Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C

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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. The body language from the referee was that he didn't know and you have to take a decision - France or Australia.

France's first goal came from a penalty given after help from the video assistant referee (VAR) - a first at a World Cup - in a decision which van Marwijk says will be forever debated.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, still wearing a bandage around a recent head injury, had replaced Griezmann only minutes before playing a one-two with Paul Pogba on the edge of the area.

Socceroos coach van Marwijk criticized Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha following the first meaningful use of Video Assisted Refereeing (VAR) at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The first match is always a big one and we're very happy to have won today", said France coach Didier Deschamps.

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"I hoped that maybe one time there would be a very honest referee, and in that moment, that he wouldn't go to the video screen", the Dutchman said afterwards after being asked his reaction to seeing Cunha rush to the touchline to consult footage of Josh Risdon's foul on Griezmann. "For me he's also a human being, so everyone makes mistakes". It is very hard for a referee to decide.

Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus head to Russian Federation among the favourites to triumph on July 14 but will remember all too well their group stage exits in 2002, as defending champions, and 2010.

"I thought Mile [Jedinak] and [Aaron Mooy] were outstanding in shutting out those lanes to the front three and it really gives Sains [Trent Sainsbury] and I a chance to be aggressive". History was made and Griezmann soon after converted the spot kick to give the French team an early lead in the 58th minute.

But France pinched the points in the 81st minute with what Van Marwijk described as "such a lucky goal".

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.

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