- France goals: Griezmann (58′), Pogba (80′)
- Australia goal: Jedinak (62′)
- Next: Australia-Denmark, France-Peru
Two penalties and an own goal was not how France and Australia wanted their World Cup openers to go, but Les Bleus will take the 2-1 result on Saturday in Kazan.
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Australia came close to a surprise lead off a 19th minute free kick, as Hugo Lloris had to act quickly to slap Corentin Tolisso’s potential own goal away from the France frame.
The first half hour largely belonged to France despite the Socceroos clear desire to disrupt the flow of the match with physical play.
It didn’t take long into the second half for the World Cup to turn in its VAR card, with Antoine Griezmann’s controversially-won penalty given via video.
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The Socceroos earned their chance to level when Aaron Mooy‘s free kick was handled by Samuel Umtiti in the box.