With France's Group C match against Australia deadlocked, Paul Pogba threaded a pinpoint pass to Antoine Griezmann, who went down in the box following Joshua Risdon's challenge.
Referee Andres Cunha was alerted by the VAR to a possible penalty, reviewed the footage and awarded a penalty to France. Because in the first instance I thought it could be (a penalty) and when I saw the replay we sat here and I said, 'Fantastic tackle, well done.
Therefore, at half-time, it was goalless with the Socceroos showing that they were not going to just roll over for France but also Les Bleus really needed to up their game to the level everyone knows that they can in the second half to get off to the flawless start in the group.
"It was a highly hard match, it was complicated, the Australian team was very good", French coach Didier Deschamps said. I got a lot of reactions, let's say that out of 10 people seven said it was a penalty and three said no penalty.
"I'm proud but disappointed". There were many situations in which France did not know what to do anymore.
Griezmann started as part of a fluid front three with Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele and the striker shrugged off a question about Didier Deschamps' team selection.
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Australia huffed and puffed in the search for a late equaliser but despite a few hopeful balls into the French penalty area, were largely without creativity.
The star striker went down easily and despite officials waving the penalty it was ultimately awarded by the VAR. "We can and we will", declared the France boss. The 1998 World Cup winners will take on Peru in their next game on June 21, while Australia will be hoping for better things when they take on Denmark on the same day.
However, with 10 minutes to play, Pogba scored the victor and after the match, dedicated the win to his late father.
Before Griezmann's feat, Mbappe had made history at kick-off by becoming the youngest French player, at 19 and six months, to start a World Cup game.
But after another steady 15 minutes to open the second stanza, Australia's stoic display was undone when Aaron Mooy bought every piece of candy N'golo Kante was selling and France charged straight through the heart of our defence.
The incident signalled the first use of VAR in the World Cup resulting in an intervention which led to a goal.
That was not the case, and instead Jedinak played an integral role in midfield, scoring from the penalty spot to level the scores in the second half. We got ourselves back into the game, we felt good.