Van Marwijk disappointed with VAR decision after defeat to France

In the second match, Lionel Messi missed a penalty kick and Iceland managed a 1-1 draw against Argentina in the first World Cup appearance for the tiny island nation.

FW Kylian Mbappe, 6 - Now the youngest player to ever start in a competitive global tournament for France and that maturity was reflected by the way he performed as if he was one of the more experienced members of the squad on the day - particularly early on.

"I think it changes a few things refereeing, maybe hesitate to make decisions and get call from up top, we've still got to play game and focus on it".

Griezmann, whose "La Décision" video ended up with him announcing that he will stay at Atletico Madrid, didn't score in five World Cup games four years ago.

Minutes later, they drew level through a penalty of their own - Samuel Umtiti with a weird handball gifting Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak the chance to level things up.

"It's good fun, we just have some banter. No one expected us to play like this against France".


Unfortunately for Australia, this game wasn't played in 2010. "We can bring some carefree attitude, some joie de vivre in a competition where pressure is always weighing on the squad", the striker added.

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha initially waved away Griezmann's protests and play went on. until VAR took center stage.

1998 champions France's youthful attack ensured they had the better of the opening half of the match but Australia had the best chance before the break when a deflection off Frenchman Corentin Tolisso from an Aaron Mooy free kick was well saved by Lloris.

"The whole team has to do more and better in the efforts we put in, in our intensity, in our pressing, in our passing game, in our energy on the pitch", he said in the mixed zone.

France coach Didier Deschamps said the Euro 2016 finalists must improve. Australia is not a European team, but that doesn't mean they don't have quality.

They worked hard in their pre-tournament camp in Turkey to build fitness and structure, and maximise their hopes of emerging from a tough group featuring 11th-ranked Peru and 12th-ranked Denmark. I told my teammates that if we maintain that structure and concentration we showed today, let's see where it gets us.

  • Steve Townsend