Match 5: France 2-1 Australia

A dramatic clash in Kazan came to an end with two penalites, the first on-field VAR review at a World Cup and a late winner by Paul Pogba sealing the deal for the French.

The Australian’s more than held their own over a much-fancied French outfit. They probably deserved a draw, but can be content with their performance. They were well-organised and gritty in defence. Coach Bert van Marwijk would be pleased his side were able to execute what he asked of them all week, to be themselves and not become overawed. Generally the boys in green and gold can be proud of this result but a loss is a loss.

“I am proud and disappointed. I think we played a great game. I can not blame any of my players I can only give them compliments. There were many situations in which France did not know what to do anymore. At least we deserved a draw.”

– Bert van Marwijk, Australia coach

Antoine Griezmann gave France the lead with a 58th minute penalty converted with a small help from VAR as well to confirm. Four minutes later, Jedinak scored an equaliser with yet another penalty converted successfully. Paul Pogba came to the rescue of the French with a goal with the clock reading 81 minutes and that was enough for them to go forward in this World Cup with a win under their belt.

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