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


first_imgPaul Pogba later scored the winning goal in the 81st minute, and goal-line technology was used to confirm the ball had crossed the line after bouncing down off the crossbar.“I’m not going to complain about the use of video today,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It helped correct a mistake.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but the Manchester United midfielder set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan to give France the victory.Australia captain Mile Jedinak had briefly equalized from the penalty spot in the 62nd after France defender Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area. 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But when he went to see if there was a penalty I immediately thought about how I would take it.”Griezmann hit a powerful shot that left Ryan stranded, four minutes before Jedinak then sent France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the wrong way to put the teams level following Umtiti’s clumsy foul.France had controlled possession and circulated the ball well before the interval, but after four shots in the first eight minutes the French failed to get a single shot on target in the remainder of the first half.GROUP DYNAMICSADVERTISEMENT It’s the ideal start for France, whose ambition is to finish at the top of a group that also includes Peru and Denmark. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game.Australia, whose goal is to survive the group stage, will need two good results to escape elimination.KEY TO SUCCESSThe French did not impress in the final third of the field and their defense often looked shaky.Umtiti made a clumsy mistake when he jumped to clear a ball with both arms raised and touched the ball with his hand to concede a penalty. But the French showed guts to secure the three points with a good pressing toward the end.Australia delivered a gritty display that bodes well for its next two matches. The team’s defense is solid and they were unlucky in the end. They also have a skillful and inspired playmaker in Aaron Mooy.SUPER SUBSGiroud and midfielder Blaise Matuidi had a big impact after coming in as substitutes during the second half.Giroud delivered the assist that led to Pogba’s goal and Matuidi added some strength and pace in midfield after France looked bereft of ideas in that sector for long spells.MBAPPE THE YOUNGEST MOST READ Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Australia’s Robbie Kruse, center, and Andrew Nabbout, right, react on referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay, left, after he watches a replay on a screen during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)KAZAN, Russia — Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday as the 1998 champions labored to beat a gritty Australia 2-1 in their opening game.The French team was given a controversial penalty kick, eventually converted by Antoine Griezmann in the 58th minute, after the referee watched the replay of a foul on the sideline.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player to represent France at a World Cup at 19 years, 178 days. 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