First VAR causes controversy over Griezmann penalty


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"The referee did not see there was a foul and he rectified", responded Deschamps after being questioned about the goal action of Griezmann who scored the first VAR-assisted penalty.

"I think the main idea of every team in the three days so far has been not to press".

"On the other side, he was standing very close to the moment of the penalty and he directly said no penalty, he directly said go on".

Video assistant referees were correct to flag an incident involving French striker Antoine Griezmann.

"He's important. He's a great player, and great players are always leaders".

Goals: FRA Antoine Griezmann 58′, Paul Pogba 81′; AUS Mile Jedinak 62′.

"It makes you want to copy it and bring this World Cup back to France".

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Social media immediately after the decision was ablaze, and for Australians, it's a fire they are all too familiar with after the VAR was unleashed prematurely in the A-League last season.

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the referees committee at Federation Internationale de Football Association, said it was time for the VAR to prove its worth in the modern game because referees were "humans" and should have a safety net to prevent them making mistakes. France managed to score two goals in a game where they were nowhere near their best.

Griezmann, 27, failed to score at the 2014 World Cup but was one of the standout players as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

A penalty from Real Madrid star Luka Modric and an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo secured the points for the Croatians in Kaliningrad, sending them to the top of the standings.

"It's going to be a very hard match", Modric said afterwards.

"I'm very disappointed, we played the way we wanted to play for 95% of the game". France had no answer to that because their collective discipline just wasn't at that level - each knew what he could do individually but the chemistry and interplay wasn't high enough.

"But we lacked speed in terms of moving the ball around or getting forward and that benefited Australia's game". "They have huge amounts of quality, but this win will really boost our confidence and we are going to up our game". "He was even the captain, so he'll take us to the right path".

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