France awarded penalty in first VAR overrule at World Cup

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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.

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.

"We can't do without him", Deschamps had said during the build-up to the World Cup.

Remarkably, a previously bad game exploded into life when Australia promptly went down the other end and won a penalty of their own - scored by Mile Jedinak.

Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk believes the VAR system still needs more work after Australia were controversially penalised in their World Cup opener.

The following are some of the key moments from June 16 FIFA World Cup matches. He directly said "no penalty" and "go on".

France scraped past a plucky Australia thanks to an 80th minute goal from Paul Pogba. Pogba broke down the Australian defense on an incredible run and his chip deflected off the underside of the bar and landed just inside the goal line.

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Nonetheless, the Manchester United midfielder was praised by his club manager, who applauded his player's role as a box-to-box midfielder in the build-up to the goal.

"When you end the European Championship the best goal-scorer in your own country, you show the world that you have the shoulders to handle the pressure".

Similarly, Milligan was distraught after keeping the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba largely at bay, restricting France's threat to what they could muster in transition and on the counter. "We have to find the right balance".

Possession of ball: France 56%, Australia 44%.

Didier Deschamps's France side will move on to their remaining Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three points but plenty to do to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites.

"I knew I had clipped the ball and I thought that was going to be enough but obviously it wasn't".

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