FIFA World Cup 2018: France Beat Australia 2-1

FULL TIME: France open their World Cup campaign with 2-1 victory over Australia in the opening Group C match at Kazan Arena.


Five minutes of stoppage time added

81′ GOAL! Right footed shot from Pogba from the centre of the box drops just behind the line off the crossbar. France 2-1 Australia.

76′ Corentin Tolisso becomes the French player to be shown the yellow card after he downs Juric in the midfield.

71′ Second substitution for Australia. Rogic is off the field, Irvine joins in the middle.

70′ After scoring for France, Griezmann makes way for Giroud while Fekir comes in place of Dembele.

63′ Australia make the first substitution of the match. Tomi Juric replaces Andrew Nabbout.

61′ GOAL! Jedinak draws level for Australia as he converts the penalty.

61′ Referee again consults VAR and Australia get the penalty.

58′ GOAL! Griezmann converts the penalty to give France 1-0 lead over Australia.

55′ France awarded penalty kick after referee uses the VAR for the first time in the World Cup.

49′ Hernandez gets injured after colliding with Leckie in the air.

48′ France’s Lucas Hernandez wins a free kick early in the second half.

Second half gets underway. Both teams retain the same eleven.

 France were held 0-0 at half-time by Australia in their World Cup Group C opener as their expected domination failed to materialise at the Kazan Arena on Saturday.

One minute of injury time added

43′ Griezmann makes a good run off the back and takes Dembele’s cross from the right flank but Sainsbury is quick enough to stop the ball.

40′ Five minutes remaining in the first half with both teams looking to break the deadlock.

37′ Antoine Griezmann of France makes a foul.

 Australian defence come to the rescue once again . Lucas Hernandez hits a left footed shot from the left side of the box but misses it.

28′ Mooy takes a free kick and France keeper Lloris easily grabs it to keep the scoreline 0-0.

28′ Australia get a free kick after Pogba makes a foul.

23′ Demebele is on the attack from the left flank single-handedly but Aussie player manages to stop him.

17′ Australia miss a golden opportunity after being awarded a free kick. Aaron Mooy’s free kick takes slight deflections off teammate Leckie and France’s Corentin Tolisso, forcing Hugo Lloris to tip the ball away.

13′ Australia’s Mathew Leckie gets a yellow card for a bad foul.

12′ Australia had their first chance at the goal, but Leckie fails to open the account as his header goes high over the post.

8′ Another free kick for France, Mbappe takes it, but Australian keeper Ryan comfortably saves it to deny France an early lead.

6′ Ryan makes another good save, dives low to his left, and denies a shot from the edge of the box by Griezmann

5′ France get a free kick, Pogba takes it and goes straight to the Aussie goalkeeper’s hands.

2′ France off to a great start, control the possession early in the game. Mbappe attacks from the left flank, hits it towards the post.

Group C opener between France and Australia gets underway at Kazan Arena.

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