Friday, 20 July, 2018

Historic video review helps France top Aussies in World Cup

Penalty chaos: France win first ever VAR spot-kick, before Samuel Umtiti's inexplicable error Pogba earns France 2-1 win against Australia as Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty
Cary Erickson | 18 June, 2018, 11:13

'I liked the way France approached the game - I like three attacking players with freedom, Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele, without a clear No 9 but it didn't work very well.

When pushed, Jedinak admitted he didn't see the logic behind the VAR's decision.

"It's not possible that, in 2018, everyone in the stadium and their living room knows if a referee has made a big mistake or not, and the only one who doesn't know is the referee", Infantino added. Nobody expected that we could play like this against France.

Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but he set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

France benefited from the first consultation with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in World Cup history, with Antoine Griezmann being granted a penalty in Les Bleus' opener vs. Australia.

But, rather than re-examining that single second frame-by-frame, over and over, it would serve Australia well to understand how the opportunity presented itself in the first instance.

Paul Pogba scores France's second goal. "They will be much more in line with what the outcome should be". In the Grand Final of Australia's A-League, a technical glitch caused the VAR to fail mid-game and a goal that should have been ruled out for offside was allowed to stand.

That aside, the lesson for the Socceroos has nothing to do with VAR. Maybe nothing would have stopped the French from scoring in that circumstance. "I think it's an own goal, but it's the action", he said.

"That's what people used to call the box-to-box midfielders".

Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0
It meant that Juan Carlos Osorio had a pretty good idea of what he would be dealing with at the Luzhniki on matchday one. Ochoa came to Mexico's rescue many more times in the game, and was one of the main reasons Germany couldn't equalize.

The most gifted player on the pitch was free to turn and face goal before running 40 yards untouched into the penalty area.

"Our shape and our structure is what is going to win us the game".

But Pogba's victor, confirmed by goal-line technology, ensured France opened the tournament with three points.

There are lessons to be learned here.

That sparked a concerted offensive by Didier Deschamps' team but Australia stemmed the tide as the half progressed.

"It was a hard, complicated match against a tough Australian side".

This is what separates the good teams from the great ones.

"The outcomes now are less down to chance", former World Cup referee Howard Webb told the Toronto Sun last week. Peru will be stronger than Australia and we will have to be ready and Denmark will be stronger than Peru too. This time around the Socceroos have to nullify Denmark - and also make something happen themselves.