Historic video review helps France top Aussies in World Cup

Ross Houston
June 19, 2018

And reacting to this, his manager at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho said, "I think it's an own goal, but it's the action".

"He directly said go on".

"Griezmann has to do more, but that's something he already knows", the French coach told the TF1 TV channel. "I would have given it to N'Golo or Lucas".

In Brazil four years ago, France became the first team in World Cup history to be awarded a goal using goal-line technology and they again had it to thank in Russian Federation.

"It was laborious and we didn't do well", he said in the mixed zone. "But, yes, we must do better, and we can do better", he said.

The reaction on social media only got worse with current and past players voicing their frustrations with the use of the technology.

"But I am not anxious".

Low has proven his credentials by winning this trophy four years ago, but the pressure is still on to replicate that feat and Sweden will be waiting to pounce on any uncertainty next week. Maybe we may see a different starting XI against Peru.

There were early warning signs that this could be a walk in the park for France in Kazan - and a long afternoon for Australia - as Benjamin Pavard released Kylian Mbappe, who brought a sharp early save from Ryan.

"I was really helped by the defender". The way they (Australia) wanted to play they did it 95 percent. We didn't create much.

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"On his goal, he was strong, went for a couple of one-twos, that's what we expect from him". "Our opponents always play deep against us and we need to find a way to play better in those kind of matches". But the French showed guts to secure the three points with a good pressing toward the end.

"It was complicated against a team that caused us problems".

Only 4 minutes later, Australia was awarded a penalty kick as Umtiti cleared the cross with his hand. I was able to re-focus, thanks to my teammates, and focus on the win and the win only.

They certainly didn't deserve to lose. The service, especially from Paul Pogba and Corentin Tolisso, was not good enough. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game. "The Australians played very defensively. I can't blame any of the players". It is a step forward.

"When you see this game, you must have confidence for the rest of this tournament, that's normal".

MF Blaise Matuidi, N/R - Just what France needed in midfield - the only surprise was that it took Deschamps 78 minutes to recognise that and send him on. "He was even the captain, so he'll take us to the right path".

Information from Julien Laurens was used in this report.

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