Technology saved France against Australia

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France's Antoine Griezmann said he forgot that the video assistant referee (VAR) was being used in the World Cup but praised referee Andres Cunha for making the right decision to award the penalty that set them on their way to a 2-1 win over Australia.

France's forward Kylian Mbappe reacts during their Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C match against Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018.

France forward Antoine Griezmann bore down on goal, only for Australian defender Josh Risdon stop the Atletico man in his tracks.

France's forward Antoine Griezmann controls the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16.

Griezmann admitted that pressure surrounding the French team, with seven players out of the 11 starters having never played in a World Cup before, was intense.

But Paul Pogba won a tight match for the 1998 champions when his shot bounced over the line off the crossbar in the 81st minute.

Pogba's France will be back in action on 21 June, when they face Peru in their second World Cup fixture.

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Les Bleus had started the game in ominous fashion, carving out three chances in the opening six minutes.

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. "We were not quick enough in our transition from defence to attack and that favoured Australia".

Giroud and midfielder Blaise Matuidi had a big impact after coming in as substitutes during the second half.

The Socceroos were on the wrong side of football history, with the VAR decision the first time the video referee has been called on in a World Cup.

"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".

Umtiti's freakish decision to handle Mooy's free-kick allowed Jedinak to coolly stroke past Lloris for what looked like being a share of the spoils. The Portuguese gaffer didn't think Pogba got the goal in the first place.

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