Griezmann wins Man of the Match award

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Their opener eventually arrived from a controversially awarded penalty from Antoine Griezmann.

"Two things that come to mind are Antoine's loyalty and commitment to Atletico", added the France boss. "I would have given it to N'Golo or Lucas".

Deschamps said age wasn't the issue, as most of his players have gained valuable experience with their clubs in big European leagues and championships.

"There are not a lot of teams that have a better attacking line-up than us, though". It was only the second time I was playing up front with Kylian [Mbappe] and Ousmane [Dembele].

Many watching felt replays showed that Risdon did get the faintest of touches on the ball.

"But I am not anxious".

The VAR system is making its first appearance at a World Cup. I still remember my first time four years ago. Maybe we may see a different starting XI against Peru.

The goal was Pogba's 10th goal for France.

"I was really helped by the defender".

As it went, Australia weren't behind for long. It was hard to play against them.




Monaco right back Sidibe has been battling to recover from a knee injury, putting a query over one of the few positions in which France lacks ample depth. "Wherever we go, he leads everyone, and you feel like following him too".

"It was complicated against a team that caused us problems".

"I'm going away with 23 of my brothers, so we all get on well".

Australia captain Mile Jedinak had briefly equalized for Australia from the penalty spot in the 62nd after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball in the area.

Luka Modric scored the penalty kick, sealing the win for Croatia, and putting them to the top of the standings in Group D.

It was imperative Australia played with a solid foundation at the back, particularly in the opening exchanges of the game.

"We had some luck to win but it was very important to start the tournament with a victory".

"I prefer to to talk about the game". It is a step forward. It just gives the game the natural flow, the momentum, the atmosphere.

The Socceroos looked transformed from the team that laboured through a long qualifying campaign and two playoffs just to get to Russian Federation as they competed manfully with one of the pre-tournament favourites at the Kazan Arena.

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