VAR system used for first time in France, Australia match

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Both VAR and goal-line technology came to the fore as France beat Australia 2-1 in the first Group C match of the World Cup in Russian Federation on Saturday.

Just four minutes later, however, France's Samuel Umtiti made a weird mistake, his flailing arm making contact with a high cross from Aaron Mooy, forcing the referee to award another penalty, which Australian captain Mile Jedinak converted.

The Australian defence, for the first time really, had been a little caught, but it looked like Joshua Risdon had made a really good challenge to deny France and Griezmann, who went down inside the box.

"I saw the referee went to review and felt he would give a penalty and so I started to think about how to handle it".

Replays suggest he may just have got the faintest deflection, causing very reasonable conjecture among football pundits across not only Australia but the world.

"From the vision I did see up here, maybe my eyes aren't great, but it kind of looked as if there was no contact made (with the ball), therefore the penalty was the right decision", Moore said. I think there were a lot of moments they didn't know what to do anymore.

The narrative of the game was altered by technology, and it would have played out very differently 20 years ago, leading to plenty of discussion online as to whether modern technology in the game is a good thing or a bad thing for the sport.

Les Bleus, led by an exciting front three of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, were overwhelming favourites for the Group C opener.

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Australia huffed and puffed in the search for a late equaliser but despite a few hopeful balls into the French penalty area, were largely without creativity. However, it would be a shame if the flight of the ball, or the fact that similar goals have gone over the line and then back out again, which have not been given at World Cups in the past, remain the focus.

Australia will now play Denmark on Thursday at 10pm AEST.

Giroud took one touch before his second setup Pogba to score.

It was understandable the Socceroos would play with restraint in attack so as to avoid leaving gaping holes at the back, but there were times that their defensive attitude resulted in cheap turnovers as players refused to attempt forward passes through France's three-man midfield.

But Australia spent most of the first half defending and ultimately frustrating France, rarely creating real chances of their own.

The first use of VAR in a World Cup came at the start of the second half.

The star striker went down easily and despite officials waving the penalty it was ultimately awarded by the VAR.

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