Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Antoine Griezmann Must Do More, Says France Coach Didier Deschamps

Antoine Griezmann Must Do More, Says France Coach Didier Deschamps

Midfielder Paul Pogba scored the winning goal for France, who overcame Australia 2-1 in a FIFA World Cup Group C contest here on Saturday.

Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not initially award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann coolly slotted past Socceroos' goalkeeper Mathew Ryan. "Maybe he was a little less good", Deschamps told French TV channel TF1.

Federation Internationale de Football Association director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the World Cup, but insists officials are ready and that VAR will help referees make better decisions in Russia. Just after I got up, it was hurting a bit.

Moments later, in the 62nd minute, Australian captain Mile Jedinak put Australia on the scoreboard after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball, bringing the score to 1-1.

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

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, still wearing a bandage around a recent head injury, had replaced Griezmann only minutes before playing a one-two with Pogba on the edge of the area.

The Manchester United midfielder's shot took a deflection off the boot of defender Aziz Behich before evading the outstretched hands of Ryan and bouncing over the line off the crossbar. Coach Bert van Marwijk immediately switched to a back four from the three-man defence favoured by his predecessor Ange Postecoglou when he took over in March and has forged a side that looks more compact.

Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza in semi-final
That match was also won, comprehensively, by Stephens for her first grand slam crown. Halep feels better equipped to finally break her duck in Paris.

He said: "I have watched it, I really can't see where the contact has been made in order for Griezmann to go over".

"I'm proud and disappointed, it was a very good performance". There were many situations in which France did not know what to do anymore.

"That's a big compliment for us". Jedinak stepped up to successfully convert the penalty and pull Australia level 1-1.

After the equalizer, both sides became much more physical as they anxiously searched for the victor.

On 17 minutes France 'keeper Hugo Lloris turned a risky deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.

Les Bleus had started the game in ominous fashion, carving out three chances in the opening six minutes. Didier Deschamps couldn't have asked for much of a nicer bedding-in game than this meeting against Australia, who lost all three of their group-stage games in 2014 and have arguably declined since.

The real drama, however, unfolded after the interval with the VAR decision.

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