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France awarded controversial penalty after first VAR review in World Cup history

France awarded controversial penalty after first VAR review in World Cup history

"I'm not going to complain about the use of video today", France coach Didier Deschamps said. Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha did not award a penalty but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a spot-kick and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead. "But I'll have to see it".

DF Samuel Umtiti, 4 - Usually so reliable at worldwide level, he was lucky that his inexplicable handball did not cost his country all three points and also fortunate to have been paired alongside the cold-blooded Varane.

Risdon believes he got the ball first before touching the Les Bleus striker.

With six penalties already awarded after just eight games, many are already asking whether VAR could be responsible as referees rely more and more on the video technology.

But Paul Pogba won a tight match for the 1998 champions when his shot bounced over the line off the crossbar in the 81st minute.

A penalty each for Antoine Griezmann and Mile Jedinak had the scores locked at 1-1 before Manchester United star Paul Pogba managed to score the victor.




For whatever reason, the VAR never intervened to suggest Marciniak should review his decision - confusing fans who had also watched the Australian game.

Deschamps's France side will move on to their remaining Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three points but plenty to do to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites.

Even if the ball was gone, on replay, it looked like a penalty. "Our opponents always play deep against us and we need to find a way to play better in those kind of matches".

Griezmann, 27, failed to score at the 2014 World Cup but was one of the standout players as France reached the final of Euro 2016.

Critics of the system say it takes spontaneity out of the game, but the VAR interventions at this year's World Cup have so far been quick and "painless".


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