MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 JUNE 2018, 12:00, KAZAN ARENA

2
VS
1

Griezmann, Pogba inspire France to down Australia

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sat June 16, 13:59

Goals from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba helped France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening Group C match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Kazan Arena in Russia on Saturday afternoon.

Following this result, Didier Deschamps’ men now sit at the summit with three points whilst the Socceroos occupy the fourth spot with zero points from this loss.

The opening 10 minutes saw the French side dominating the attacks and they forced three saves from the keeper, Matthew Ryan.

After the 15th minute, Hugo Lloris was called to action with a glorious save to deny Australia.

Despite their dominance in the heart of the park, the 1998 world champions could not break the Aussies' defence and it was 0-0 at the interval.

However, as they emerged from the tunnel, the Les Bleus were awarded a penalty and Griezmann converted to break the deadlock in the 58th minute.

Although the referee did not initially award a penalty, a decision from the Video Assistant Referees reversed the decision to allow the French side an opportunity to grab the lead.

A few minutes later, Samuel Umtiti was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box.

The Uruguayan referee pointed to the spot again, allowing Mile Jedinak to convert and make it 1-1.

Good combinations in the heart of the park by France saw midfielder Pogba showing his class in the 81st minute.

The midfielder unleashed a stunning shot which bounced off the underside of the crossbar, leaving Ryan with no chance to save it – VAR allowed the goal to stand, 2-1.

The Aussies pushed numbers forward in search of an equaliser, yet they could not trouble Lloris and his defence.

France: (0) 2 (Griezmann 58’ P, Pobga 81’)
Australia: (0) 1 (Jedinak 62’ P)

France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Pogba, Griezmann (Giroud 69’), Mbappe, Tolisso (Matuidi 78’), Hernandez, Kante, Dembele (Fekir 70’)

Australia: Ryan, Milligan, Leckie, Kruse (Arzani 84’), Nabbout (Juric 63’), Mooy, Jedinak, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury, Rogic (Irvine 71’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE KAZAN ARENA
FRANCE GOALS AUSTRALIA GOALS
7. Antoine Griezmann (58') 15. Mile Jedinak (62')
16. Aziz Behich (81') (OG)
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 3
FRANCE STARTING LINEUP AUSTRALIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
2
Defender
81'
87'
16
Defender
21
Defender
57'
19
Defender
4
Defender
20
Defender
5
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
76'
78'
12
Midfielder
5
Midfielder
13
Midfielder
13'
7
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
62'
15
Forward/Striker
58'
70'
7
Midfielder
84'
10
Forward/Striker
10
Midfielder
72'
23
Forward/Striker
70'
11
Forward/Striker
64'
11
SUBSTITUTIONS
Nabil Fekir
Midfielder
70'
18
Tomi Juric
Forward/Striker
64'
9
Olivier Giroud
Forward/Striker
70'
9
Jackson Irvine
Midfielder
72'
22
Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder
78'
14
Daniel Arzani
Midfielder
84'
17
CARDS
Corentin Tolisso
Midfielder
76'
12
Mathew Leckie
Midfielder
13'
7
Josh Risdon
Defender
57'
19
Aziz Behich
Defender
87'
16
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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