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France beat Australia 2-1 in World Cup after VAR history is made

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France’s defender Samuel Umtiti reacts to his handball beside France’s midfielder Paul Pogba (C) and France’s forward Antoine Griezmann (R) during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE /

France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening World Cup match on Saturday after the Video Assistant Referee system was used for the first time in the competition’s history.

Antoine Griezmann had a penalty awarded thanks to VAR and scored before Mile Jedinak equalised for Australia from the spot. Paul Pogba’s 81st-minute shot bounced over the line off the crossbar to give France a narrow win.


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