Didier Deschamps: France can do better after scraping Australia win

Didier Deschamps: France can do better after scraping Australia win

After the initial flurry of attacks from Les Bleus in the opening exchanges where Mbappe, Griezmann and Pogba had shots on goal, the match settled into a pattern of France trying to breach the solid Australian defence and failing.

With a surprising level of comfort for long periods too.

"They lost with such an unlucky goal", Bert van Marwijk said after the match. I think we played a great game.

"We have many young players, it's logical that they were a bit shaky at the start", Matuidi said. There were many situations in which they did not know what to do anymore.

"It does not matter which players are left out - they are never happy".

And while VAR was used to see if there was an offside in the build up, it was again was on the side of the French, condemning Jedinak and Australia to defeat.

But Paul Pogba scored the victor for France late on, leaving the Socceroos frustrated and needing a result against Denmark in Samara on Thursday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds. After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot.

Australia forward Andrew Nabbout queried why VAR intervened for the first penalty given the decision was "not a clear and obvious error" and winger Mathew Leckie shared a similar view. Van Marwijk remarkably accused the referee of being unsure. The body language (seemed to suggest) was that he didn't know, from my position.

Matt Ryan will start in front of the goal for the Socceroos in their opener against France.

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And if they finish runners-up in Group F, Germany could be on course to face Brazil in a daunting second-round match-up. Former England captain Terry Butcher said on 5 live: "It was one of the best games I have seen in my life".

Australia were awarded a penalty of their own on hour mark when Samuel Umtiti handled in the box.

France retook the lead with probably the best move of the match in the 81st minute.

"We gave a very good account of ourselves and pushed a team right to the limit, a French team that are tipped to go on and do big things", Jedinak said. We were not quick enough and this favored Australia.

"The follow-through brings him down but if you've got the ball, hit it against him, it's out of the way - that's immaterial".

Paul Pogba scores the victor for France in their Group C opener against Australia in Kazan, Russia on Saturday.

"I thought I saw a replay that showed that Risdon had touched the ball".

The halftime whistle sounded soon after, and while Peruvian fans consoled each other, Peru's players rushed to support Cueva as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.

"I'm proud and disappointed, it was a very good performance".

For France coach Didier Deschamps, there were - not surprisingly - no complaints: "I'm not going to complain about the use of video today, because it went in our favour".

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