Technology comes to France’s aid in 2-1 win over Australia

Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele

Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele could start alongside each other in a youthful front-line for France Credit AFP

Although hailing the "guts" of his Socceroos side, Van Marwijk - who coached the Dutch to the 2010 World Cup final - could not hide his disappointment with Cunha.

It had clearly paid off.

The Aussies had their chances, and supporters with lament the controversial first penalty that lead to Antoine Griezmann's first goal.

France's Antoine Griezmann scores their first goal from a penalty.

"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", the Dutchman said afterwards after being asked his reaction to seeing Cunha rush to the touchline to consult footage of Josh Risdon's foul on Griezmann.

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The decision divided opinion on social media, with some protesting that Ridson's touch made the subsequent contact irrelevant, and others claiming the officials had not made a "clear and obvious error" in not initially awarding a spot-kick. Mooy's free-kick was handled inside the area by Samuel Umtiti.

It was no less than Australia deserved following the contentious goal that they had conceded.

"If you see their results in the previous year they are not always stable, but they have a chance to win the World Cup". The large Australian travelling support was now right behind their side as they sensed an unexpected outcome.

France's play was losing its early intensity, with passes beginning going astray and Australia growing in belief as the half-hour approached.

France's talent will be enough to get them through their group and may even carry them to the quarter-finals, but their lack of cohesion is a big problem and one that may be hard to resolve before the end of the tournament.

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Technology was required to confirm the goal, however, clearly it went over the line.

Teenager Daniel Arzani came on for Robbie Kruse as Australia chased another equaliser, but they were unable to conjure another goal as France held firm for five minutes of added time.

Unlike France's 2014 campaign, where Les Blues beat Honduras 3-nil in their opening match of the campaign, this campaign start wasn't as easy, but Les Blues managed to come out victorious after all.

However midway through the first half, Australia started fighting back, with Sainsbury going close to scoring after a ideal free kick from Aaron Mooy.

It was a hard defeat for Australia to take after such a resilient display.

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They nearly pulled off an unexpected result against their lofty opponents and for their endeavour alone they probably deserved to take something out of the game.

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