Russia 2018: Pogba helps France beat Australia

France vs Australia: Paul Pogba and Umtiti celebrates at the end of the encounter (Photo Credit: Reuters)
France vs Australia: Paul Pogba and Umtiti celebrates at the end of the encounter (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The French national team have recorded a crucial win in their opening game of the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Paul Pogba got the winning goal as France secured a 2-1 victory over a stubborn Australia side to begin their World Cup campaign with three points.

Didier Deschamps’s side were well below their usual best in Saturday’s Group C opener in Kazan, but a controversial penalty from Antoine Griezmann and late Pogba goal which was cleared by the goal line technology helped sealed the win

Mile Jedinak had equalised for Australia from the spot but while the Socceroos will take the positives from their performance, Bert van Marwijk’s team face an uphill struggle to qualify for the last 16.

France will face Peru in their next group game while Australia have a date with Denmark.

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