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France striker Antoine Griezmann says 'it was a penalty' vs. Australia

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The first usage of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) caused controversy in the World Cup group stage game between France and Australia.

"That's not simulation." Griezmann admitted France had not played well.

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. "But when he went to see if there was a penalty I immediately thought about how I would take it". "I feel like we were beaten by a better team and nearly by technology a little bit", Ryan said.

Australia leveled the game from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute, but Paul Pogba scored the game victor with just eight minutes left to play in regulation.

Going behind stirred Australia into a response in the second period and Aston Villa's Jedinak converted a penalty Umtiti had senselessly handled another unsafe Mooy delivery.

Mbappe sustained an ankle injury in a training session with France just days before the World Cup begins, raising fears over his fitness for the tournament.

"I'm sure once we get over this, we can start focusing on that second game".

Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba should be stripped of his winning goal in Saturday's World Cup clash against Australia.

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Griezmann was voted man of the match, but said he felt teammates N'Golo Kante or Lucas Hernandez should have got the prize instead.

"It was nothing to do with the fact we have a lot of young players", said Deschamps in defence of a squad which, after Nigeria, is the youngest at the World Cup.

Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.

After reviewing the footage pitchside for little more than 30 seconds, Cunha overturned his original decision and awarded France a penalty, much to the fury of the Australian players.

"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

Didier Deschamps was understandably supportive of the way VAR was executed. "When 11 players are thinking the same football, it makes things easier", he added.

"Today, we gave the ball to the Australians too much and when we don't have the ball we are not comfortable".

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