France must and will do better in next game, says Deschamps

Griezmann: Pogba will show his brilliance

Group C Preview: France's Deschamps goes straight to the kids 06/15/2018

In the 30th minute, Risdon took the ball away from Griezmann's foot at a crucial moment after the Atletico Madrid player brought it down with a fine control, preventing him from unleashing from close range.

Argentina's forward Lionel Messi controls the ball during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018.

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The penalty was awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR), the first World Cup goal given by VAR.

He told "We're expecting big things from Paul - all his touches of brilliance and his long-range goals".

In the first match of the day, France launched their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought win against Australia as VAR was used for the first time at a World Cup.

Australia coach Bert van Marwijk said his gutsy team should count themselves just plain unlucky to have gone down 2-1 to France in their World Cup opener on Saturday and can look forward with confidence to their remaining Group C matches.

However, we saw the referee consult VAR before giving the penalty to France.

Peru had waited 36 years to appear at a World Cup and few nations will have endured a more nervous build-up to Russian Federation 2018. "The second goal was fortunate for them, just over the line".

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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.

The performance has given Deschamps plenty to think about.

Captain Hugo Lloris' form has suffered for France recently, but the Tottenham goalkeeper was alert to keep Australia at bay in the first half.

The lead didn't last long, with Mile Jedinak pulling one back for the Socceroos shortly thereafter.

"It took a penalty and a deflected goal to beat us".

The 27-year-old Griezmann has scored 21 worldwide goals, including five during France's run to the Euro 2016 final. Neither of them had a fixed position. Maybe we may see a different starting XI against Peru.

If the coach had any doubts about the wisdom of playing a 19-year-old, Mbappe, and a 21-year-old, Dembele, when making a good start at the World Cup is so important, he was not betraying them on Friday.

But after that, they went quiet.

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