World Cup

LIVE UPDATE: France 2 vs 1 Australia

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

FT: Entertaining stuff. France stuttered badly here but got the victory in a game where VAR came to the fore. France were awarded a penalty when VAR overruled the referee’s original decision for a challenge on Griezmann – the striker put the penalty away. Jedinak then levelled from the spot but Pogba’s jammy deflected effort that was given by goal-line technology handed France a win.

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

90+4: Bit of momentum here for Australia. A long throw is launched into the area….Jedinak wins the flick but Umtiti hooks it clear!

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

90+2: Mooy swings a ball into the box but Varane is there to head clear.

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

90: FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

88: Australia just can’t get out. The pace of Mbappe is causing all sorts of problems down the line – he draws Ryan out and chips the ball back into the box. Pogba is slow to react and the chance is lost.

FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA

84: The goal has knocked the stuffing out of Australia, who can feel unfortunate to be behind. France have created little bar the penalty and the hugely lucky own-goal.

GOAL! FRANCE 2-1 AUSTRALIA (Behich OG, 81)

A SLICE OF LUCK – BUT FRANCE WON’T CARE!

A ball breaks to Pogba about 20 yards out, in charges Behich who makes a fine tackle but the ball deflects back towards Ryan who is off his line. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and back into play. The referee looks at his watch…and goal-line technology confirms the ball had crossed the line.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

78: SUB! Tolisso is off. Matuidi replaces him.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

77: YELLOW! Tolisso loses the ball and Irvine charges through – it’s a three-on-two. Tolisso chops him down. Cynical, desperate stuff from France.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

75: Leckie sprints forward down the left but Kante breaks up play. The Aussies are short on numbers and Fekir drives forward – he has Mbappe in support but his final ball is awful – out for a goal kick.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

73: SHOT! France win a corner. It’s cleared out to Pavard who tries a Paulo Di Canio style scissor kick from 30 yards. It’s perhaps the stupidest decsion since Umtiti handled the ball. The ball flies into row Z and Pavard looks a fool.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

72: SUB! Irvine replaces Rogic. Fresh legs coming on – you’d expect France will be turning up the heat.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

70: SUBS! Giroud is on and…. Griezmann is replaced. Big call. Also, Fekir is on. Dembele off.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

67: CLOSE! Leckie plays a very poor pass back to Ryan and Mbappe reacts quickly. He charges through but Ryan just gets there ahead of him. Nicely done by the goalkeeper.

FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA

65: SUB! Juric replaces Nabbout. Australian tails are up.

GOAL! FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA (Jedinak pen, 62)

Pressure? What pressure? The skipper confidently steps up and rolls a calm strike into the bottom corner. Perhaps justice for Australia after the VAR call arguably went against them! France back to square one!

GOAL! FRANCE 1-1 AUSTRALIA (Jedinak pen, 62)

FRANCE 1-0 AUSTRALIA

60: PENALTY TO AUSTRALIA! UNBELIEVABLE! A ball in from the right is inexplicably handled by Umtiti! What was his thinking.

Up steps Jedinak…big moment.

GOAL! FRANCE 1-0 AUSTRALIA (Griezmann pen. 57)

SMASH! Super finish from Griezmann.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

PENALTY IS GIVEN! The defender slid in on Griezmann who darted through on goal. The referee initially said “no pen” but the VAR officials had a second look when the ball next when out of play. It was deemed there was contact! Controversial.

Here comes Griezmann….

55: PENALTY APPEAL…WE’RE GOING TO VAR!

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

53: CROSS! Leckie does well to turn and whip a low cross into the middle. Nabbout is lurking and almost gets the better of Varane, who does eventually clear.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

48: France seem to be pressing with a bit more oomph. Hernandez gets worked in down the left. His cross is flicked on by Dembele but headed clear by Sainsbury.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

46: Hello. We are back – France get the game going. No changes made by Deschamps. How long will he leave it?

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

HT: France = underwhelming. The service into their front men has been woeful. Australia have created the better chance, too, when Lloris tipped away a deflected effort. Deschamps will need to change things, surely. See you in 15.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

45: CHANCE! Behich has been lively on the left and joins the attack. His first cross is cleared back to him but he takes on a curling effort with his left foot from 20 yards. Lloris watches it curl a few inches wide.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

43: Dembele finds space in behind down the right but across comes Milligan to sort it out. He’s been immense this half.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

40: Hernandez tries to run the ball out for a goal kick but is clattered byNabbout, who had every right to make the challenge. Hernandez scrams, the foul is given.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

38: Jedinak is winning battle with Pogba and co. Aussies look comfortable….

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

36: Another France attack breaks down. Pogba tries to clip a ball down the line for Hernandez but the ball runs through to Ryan. The link between the French midfield and attack is non-existent.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

33: SHOT! Better from France – they up the tempo. Hernandez makes himself available at the back post and drills a low effort into the six yard box. Jedinak is there to block it clear.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

30: More good forward pressure from Australia – Leckie drives towards the edge of the box but Kante is there to make a fine last-ditch tackle. Vintage.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

27: Sainsbury and Milligan are doing a fine job on Mbappe – they are snapping at his heels. France haven’t found a platform to build on yet.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

24: France have lost their early zip – this is how close Australia came to taking the lead.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

21: Australia are growing in confidence here – Milligan plays a neat one-two with Mooy inside his box and the Aussies work the ball up the pitch. Nice play.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

17: SAVE! Set-pieces look Australia’s best bet here. One from the left is fired in and flicked on by Sainsbury….Tolisso gets himself in an awkward position and deflects the ball towards the bottom corner. Lloris is alert and has to scramble across to push the ball clear.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

15: After their nervy start, the Aussies have settled into this game now. France still look dangerous but their pace has dropped slightly. Pogba tries to spin a ball through for Mbappe but Ryan comes out to collect.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

12: Pavard trips Rogic, who was motoring down the left wing. Free-kick.

Mooy whips in a good ball….Milligan wins the battle with Umtiti but flicks his header over the bar from 15 yards.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

10: Positive start by the French.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

8: SAVE! Mbappe lines up a free-kick from the left. He finds Griezmann with a flat delivery – he helps it on but Ryan is again alert and grasps the loose ball. He’s started well.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

6: SAVE! Six minutes gone and Ryan has had three saves to make already. Griezmann receives a knock down and takes on the volley from 22 yards. Ryan gets down quickly and holds on.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

5: SAVE! Comfortable save for Ryan – Pogba gets his effort over the wall but it lacks power.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

4: FREE-KICK! Mbappe spins about 25 yards out and is fouled by Sainsbury…..Pogba lining this one up – it’s dead centre.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

2: CHANCE! That was easy. A clever ball down the line releases Mbappe in behind down the right – the angle is tight but he tests Ryan with a snap-shot. The Brighton goalkeeper palms it clear.

FRANCE 0-0 AUSTRALIA

1: KICK-OFF! Time for football. Epic colours on show – gold v blue. There’s over 10,000 Aussie fans are inside the stadium. Can France make an early statement?

TEAM NEWS:

AUSTRALIA TEAM NEWS

Team to play France: Ryan, Risdon, Milligan, Sainsbury, Behich, Jedinak, Mooy, Kruse, Leckie, Rogic, Nabbout.

Subs: Degenek, Meredith, Cahill, Jurman, Luongo, Juric, Jones, MacLaren, Arzani, Vukovic, Petratos, Irvine.

FRANCE TEAM NEWS

Team to play Australia: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Kante, Pogba, Tolisso, Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembele.

Subs: Kimpembe, Lemar, Giroud, Matuidi, Matuidi, Nzonzi, Mandanda, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola.

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