Paul Pogba stripped of his winning goal against Australia

Paul Pogba stripped of his winning goal against Australia

Paul Pogba stripped of his winning goal against Australia

Midfielder Paul Pogba scored the winning goal for France, who overcame Australia 2-1 in a FIFA World Cup Group C contest here on Saturday.

Griezmann had broken the deadlock in the match from the penalty spot after the Video Assistant Referee ruled he was fouled by Josh Risdon. Just after I got up, it was hurting a bit.

Just three minutes later, Australian captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and coolly converted the penalty corner into the goal to level the score 1-1.

France have been widely tipped to win the group by most, and deservedly so, while Australia are fancied by most to finish beneath fellow group rivals Peru and Denmark.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba put France ahead for good in the 81st minute, his right-footed chip deflecting off Aziz Behich and hitting the underside of the bar and sending the referee's watch buzzing, indicating that the ball had crossed the line. "I think we deserved a draw", the Dutchman said.

When new Australia coach Van Marwijk guided Netherlands to the World Cup final in 2010, he did so not by playing handsome football throughout the competition - they were a team with plenty of bite and aggression in their ranks.

"We have not played a great game", Deschamps admitted.

"He needs to do more, and knows it", Deschamsp said.

"That's a big compliment for us".

After the equalizer, both sides became much more physical as they anxiously searched for the victor.

France are hoping to join tournament favourites Brazil, Germany and Spain in the latter stages as they look to make amends for losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal.

But in the second half, Giroud came on as a substitute for Antoine Griezmann.

On 17 minutes France 'keeper Hugo Lloris turned a unsafe deflection from Corentin Tolisso around his far post.

Before Griezmann's feat, Mbappe had made history at kick-off by becoming the youngest French player, at 19 and six months, to start a World Cup game.

However, the Paris Saint-Germain star takes his place up front alongside Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann and Barcelona youngster Dembele.

With Didier Deschamps' side dominating early on, Mbappe won a free-kick 25 yards out minutes later but Pogba's strike was straight at goalkeeper Ryan.

Deschamps had warned of the improvement Australia have made under Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk, who took over from Ange Postecoglou in January.

However, it was Australia who had the first half's best chance.

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