Mourinho: France victor shouldn’t be credited to Pogba

Nabbout is in contention to start up front for Australia. Pic GettyMore

Nabbout is in contention to start up front for Australia. Pic GettyMore

With the score at 0-0 after a goalless first half, Paul Pobga sent through a slide-rule pass for Antoine Griezmann to chase.

He was alerted by the VAR to a possible penalty and went over to the pitchside monitor. He didn't ask VAR and instead pointed straight to the spot.

Antoine Greizman scored from the spot in the 58th minute after being tripped by Josh Risdon, though contact came after the Australian touched the ball first when making a sliding tackle.

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the spot to give Australia hope of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena only for Pogba to grab the victor in the 81 minute.

"Expectations are high, obviously, because we know how good he is".

Infantino had repeatedly promised that VAR would be used at the June 14-July 15 World Cup and has made it one of his priorities since being elected Federation Internationale de Football Association chief in February, 2016.

A video technology row erupted during France's World Cup victory over Australia after an historic penalty decision changed the course of the match.

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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", said van Marwijk, who coached the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in 2010, AFP reported.

"I'm looking for a better explanation of it I guess now but I don't want to take anything away from the game and the attractive game that it is and what we've done today".

"We've got the job done, because the first match is always very important, and this sets us up well for the rest of the group".

That sparked a concerted offensive by Didier Deschamps' team but Australia stemmed the tide as the half progressed. I would rather play badly and win this game than play well and not win it. They're a proud side who play with passion, and I've been told there's 30,000 Peruvians in Moscow.

France opened up its 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Group C with a win, but it didn't look sharp in doing so.

'. The way we wanted to play, they (Australian players) did it for 95 per cent, so I cannot blame any of my players, I only can give them compliments.

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