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France benefited from a controversial first use of video assistant referee technology at a World Cup as they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia.

Antoine Griezmann scored the opening goal for France to put them on lead, but Australia equalised nearly immediately with Mile Jedinak slotting in a penalty from the spot.

It was a rare moment of fluency from the French, however, with the much vaunted attack of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele unable to create opportunities when pace alone was not enough to get past the wall of Australian defenders.

It was a huge sight of relief for Les Bleus, who went from making a bright start to finishing the first half wondering how to pierce the Australia back line.

Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann produced the best of the efforts, connecting well with a powerful half-volley from distance which Ryan dealt with comfortably.

Bert van Marwijk admits that he is "proud but disappointed" as the Socceroos lost 2-1 to France in their opening game of the 2018 World Cup. There were many situations in which they did not know what to do anymore.

Uruguayan official Cunha initially played on following Risdon's challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the penalty spot after consulting VAR and viewing a screen next to the dugouts.

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France retook the lead with probably the best move of the match in the 81st minute.

Aaron Mooy sent a free-kick flying into France's area, and in an attempt to clear with a header, Samuel Umtiti bizarrely raised his arm to make contact with the ball.

There was no doubting the quality of the approach play to Pogba's goal, though, after he exchanged one-twos with two team mates to carve his way through the middle of the Australia defence. Captain Jedinak calmly slotted the ball home to pull his team level. I was really pleased that the ball went in and that we were able to win the match.

Racism has dogged the Russian game for decades and FIFA last month fined the national football association over chants directed at black players during a friendly against France. Mile Jedinak made no mistake from the spot and restored parity for his side to breathe life back into the game. "And as I said this is the first match where we played together, we have to get used to each other and train together".

On paper there was only ever one victor but Australia did not let that faze them, producing a stunning collective display to keep Didier Deschamps' men at bay in the first-half after an early attacking flurry.

The longer the game went on you could see that the French players were getting frustrated as the Socceroos defenders were doing really well to deny them from getting any decent chances on goal.

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