Penalty chaos: France win first ever VAR spot-kick, before Samuel Umtiti's inexplicable error
19 June, 2018, 15:51
French head coach Didier Deschamps told press on Saturday afternoon that his team must and will do better in the next game following Les Bleus beat Australia with the help of the first use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the World Cup Group C opener.
In the first match of the day, France launched their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought win against Australia as VAR was used for the first time at a World Cup.
"The first match is always a major hurdle".
The 27-year-old Griezmann has scored 21 global goals, including five during France's run to the Euro 2016 final.
Griezmann admitted that pressure surrounding the French team, with seven players out of the 11 starters having never played in a World Cup before, was intense.
Umtiti jested he was in fact playing an entirely different sport!
"It makes you want to copy it and bring this World Cup back to France. We got the job done, but we can do much, much better".
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"It was a hard, complicated match against a tough Australian side".
Technology was never going to rid football of controversy, however, and Australia coach Bert van Marwijk was not alone in thinking that it was not a foul with Risdon making contact with the ball before Griezmann tumbled over his trailing foot.
"It wasn't a great start for us... we should have pressed them a little higher, but even then we weren't flowing well".
Although Griezmann wrote himself into the history books by becoming the first player to score at the World Cup from a VAR verdict, he suggested some of France'sWorld Cup débutants had suffered stage fright. Many watching felt replays showed that Risdon did get the faintest of touches on the ball.
"But there was no whistle so I thought about other things".
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"Nobody had expected that we could play like this against France", he added.
'Yes, I speak with Dybala, but whether I speak to Dybala or speak with Umtiti, who plays at Barcelona, it's not there I will go and play'.
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Germany's Toni Kroos threatened to level the score four minutes later, but his 25-yard free kick crashed off the crossbar. Three of the previous four defending World Cup champions failed to reach the knockout stages, France, Italy and Spain.
When Walker's flailing arm caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, a penalty was awarded and Sassi slotted it in to equalize. Harry Kane scored a dramatic late victor for England against Tunisia in the Three Lions' World Cup opener.
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