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Didier Deschamps: France can do better after scraping Australia win

17 June, 2018, 15:34 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Antoine Griezmann of France is tackled by Joshua Rsidon (L) of Australia in the penalty box during the FIFA World Cup 2018 group C preliminary round soccer match between France and Australia in Kazan, Russia, 16 June 2018.

Former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has labelled Paul Pogba as the best midfielder in the world, blasting critics who think he's falling short of their standards.

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

Mile Jedinak stepped up to sen France goalkeeper and captain Huge Lloris the wrong way to level the scoring at 1-1.

In Brazil four years ago, France became the first team in World Cup history to be awarded a goal using goal-line technology and they again had it to thank in Russian Federation. The match was decided when Paul Pogba's deflected shot bounced over the line - a goal verified by goalline technology.

A video technology row erupted during France's World Cup victory over Australia after an historic penalty decision changed the course of the match.

Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side - the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria.

Despite his place in French football folklore, Deschamps' position at the helm of the national team doesn't come without pressure.

"He played in a European final, UEFA Cup final, and he's won trophies". "We have to find the right balance". A first in World Cup history. "That is the dream". The French tactician fielded an inexperienced starting XI, which would have been better suited to playing a less physical side than Australia and took too long to add some experienced heads as substitutes. "No one expected us to play like this against France".

A scoreless first half saw both teams with chances, but things got going early in the second half.

France will hope for a more fluid performance against Peru on Thursday, while Australia will look to get their campaign back on track when they face Denmark.

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