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


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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