Griezmann 'must do more', says France coach

Jun 19, 2018, 15:50
Griezmann 'must do more', says France coach

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was used for the first time in World Cup history on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty against Australia in Kazan. Griezmann converted the penalty in the 58th minute.

While Australia failed to convert the free-kick which was awarded to them after 75th minute of the match, France-who replaced Griezmann with Olivier Giroud- were searching for opportunities with no avail.

Australia captain Mile Jedinak thumped the ball home to put the game level at 1-1.

France's Paul Pogba challenges for the ball with Australia's Jackson Irvine during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16.

Such was the force with which Peru fans celebrated Jefferson Farfan's opening goal against New Zealand in their World Cup playoff, an quake detector was activated in the capital Lima at the exact moment the ball crossed the line.

Deschamps also hailed Paul Pogba's performance and the late goal.

In scoring the penalty, Griezmann became responsible for the first ever World Cup goal to have been scored as a result of VAR intervention. No penalty was given, but at the next stoppage of play, VAR ruled that Griezmann was fouled and gave France a controversial penalty.

A penalty each for Antoine Griezmann and Mile Jedinak had the scores locked at 1-1 before Manchester United star Paul Pogba managed to score the victor.

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The manager had chose to kick off the competition with a mobile trio of Griezmann, Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

"It suits him very well because he has the freedom to go forward, which he would not be at liberty to do if we were playing with two defensive midfieders", said Deschamps.

"If you lose with a penalty. and a lucky goal just before the end, " he said with a shrug of his shoulders, disappointment etched itno his every expression.

"It was important to start with a win but we know there are a lot of things to improve, we struggled to find each other during the game".

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.

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