On Match Day 3 in Kazan at the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup, France beat Australia 2-1 With goals from Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba. The match also marked the the first match of Group C when Les Blues took to the field with the Socceroos.
It was the Manchester United Midfielder Paul Pogba with a spectacular goal over the top of the keeper which won France the game, despite brilliant display of organised football and defense from Australia.
This was also the first world Cup match in history where a VAR (Video Assistance Referee) was put to use to award a penalty.
The French side stepped in at the Kazan stadium as one of the title favorites and are loaded with some of the finest talent in world football, whereas, Australia only just managed to qualify for the World Cup and are reliant on the veteran and seemingly age less 38- year old, Tim Cahill.
At the first half mark, the hype of the French attack was overcome by the organised tactics of Australia, the attacks were well contained by the men in yellow.
The French performance was underwhelming, almost as if the creative font at France’s midfield had gone for a hot dog. The chances created for the French forwards had been woeful. Australia created the better chances and the skipper Lloris stepped up to tip away the effort to deflection.
French Coach, Deschamps had to re-strategize his tactics to break the organized defense of Australia because Socceroos look quite comfortable, despite the pedigree of the France attack.
The French side with young blood under their resources , who have quick fit and plenty of tricks and flick under their belt, overpowered Australia despite their brilliant display.
Unlike France’s 2014 campaign, where Les Blues beat Honduras 3-nil in their opening match of the campaign, this campaign start wasn’t as easy, but Les Blues managed to come out victorious after all.
Despite Olivier Giroud’s impressive numbers Les Blues, he was not given nod to start alongside superstar Antoine Griezmann and young prodigy Kylian Mbappe in the forward line.