Pogba pumps France up as match ball deflates

Pogba pumps France up as match ball deflates

Peruvian fans have arrived in Russian Federation in droves to celebrate their return to the sporting spectacle, but were left crestfallen after Yussuf Poulsen's second-half goal secured a 1-0 win for the Danes in Group C.

Aaron Mooy's free-kick into the box was inadvertently prodded towards his own goal by Corentin Tolisso, but his blushes were spared by captain Hugo Lloris who made brilliant, low save.

The 27-year-old Griezmann has scored 21 worldwide goals, including five during France's run to the Euro 2016 final. Can this be a cue to Pogba?

Umtiti jested he was in fact playing an entirely different sport! They were aggressive on France's key players Griezmann and Mbappe, often defending in pairs against them. Fekir played a free kick.

The controversy surrounding the match started when the match official initially waved away any foul play on Griezmann before taking a look at video replays on the touch line, a decision making process Van Marwijk has accused Cunha of being unsure over.

Giroud delivered the assist that led to Pogba's goal and Matuidi added some strength and pace in midfield after France looked bereft of ideas in that sector for long spells. Nobody expected that we could play like this against France.

But after 15 minutes of solid defending, Australia grew into the game and conjured up the best chance so far.

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Regarding the first-used VAR technology which helps France earn a penalty, the 49-year-old coach said "an error is corrected" because of the new technology.

However, we saw the referee consult VAR before giving the penalty to France.

France toiled until the introduction of Olivier Giroud as a second-half substitute, the Chelsea striker holding the ball up for Pogba to hit the victor via a nick off Aziz Behich.

Deschamps was equally sanguine about the prospect of Griezmann, Mbappe and Dembele tripping over each other as they all try to attack down the same "funnel".

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the referees committee at Federation Internationale de Football Association, said it was time for the VAR to prove its worth in the modern game because referees were "humans" and should have a safety net to prevent them making mistakes.

His changes made a difference as new energy in the midfield drove France forward to get a victor. "We want to do better in the next game against Peru which will be tougher".

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