Pogba Earns France 2-1 a Victory as VAR Technology Plays Part

Posted June 19, 2018

There was a moment of history at Russian Federation 2018 on Saturday as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time to reverse a decision in a World Cup match.

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A downcast Messi spoke of his disappointment at the penalty miss.

It was another extraordinary result in the history of Iceland, who famously dumped England out of Euro 2016.

After a balanced first half in the Group C match at the Kazan Arena, France was awarded the first penalty following a VAR review.

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Call it a case of nerves, but things didn't go Peru's way, failing to score on numerous occasions and badly missing a penalty kick in the second half.

Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha did not initially award a penalty after Griezmann was brought down by Joshua Risdon.

Although Australia captain Mile Jedinak levelled from the spot four minutes later following a handball by Samuel Umtiti, France snatched a lucky win when Manchester United star Paul Pogba's deflected shot looped over Ryan in the 81st minute. "We have a lot to learn in this system", - quotes Bert van marvena football24.ua.

"In that moment, going to the screen, I saw him standing there, the body language showed he didn't know, and then he had to make a decision between France or Australia. I was already thinking about how I would take it".

Having captained Les Bleus to the 1998 World Cup triumph on home soil, Deschamps knows a thing or two about global success and is blessed with one of the strongest squads among the 32 in Russian Federation.

Deschamps said: "The first game is always important and we got the win. However, we can do better and we have to do better".

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"But we have almost a week before meeting Peru, so we hope to rectify that".

But the teenager has confirmed he is 100 per cent fit ahead of his country's Group C opener against Australia on Saturday.

Midfielder Christian Cueva missed a penalty for Los Incas to compound their misery.

Dutchman Van Marwijk, meanwhile, has had only a handful of games to imprint his gameplan on the group's lowest-ranked side.

They certainly didn't deserve to lose.

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