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

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2018

The Argentine stepped up to the spot with the teams locked at 1-1 in Moscow's Spartak Stadium after Rurik Gislason was adjudged to have brought down Maximiliano Meza in the 63rd minute.

Predictions of video review ruining the World Cup were vastly overstated.

Argentina started the match on a positive note, opening the scoring through Sergio Aguero in the 19th minute. "The next game is another game but it gives us confidence, I think".

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that shouldn't be a problem as the Paris Saint-Germain forward is expected to be an integral part of Didier Deschamps' strong France squad as they look to brush aside Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. Roughly 15 seconds later, he went to the monitor.

World Cup history was made when the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) awarded a penalty after it was adjudged that Josh Risdon fouled Antoine Greizmann in the box.

Minutes later Australia drew level through a spot-kick of their own although it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris.

Pogba's deflected shot towards goal cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and bounced out into Mat Ryan's arms, but Cunha's watch buzzed to indicate the ball had crossed the line and France held on to secure a 2-1 win.

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"Griezmann has to do more, but that's something he already knows", the French coach told the TF1 TV channel. From my position, I couldn't see it really well, I thought at first it was no penalty.

The attackers of Les Bleus were very flat today and Deschamps was not afraid to make the changes as he also took off Dembele and Tolisso. "However, we can do better and we have to do better".

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

"We deserved a point".

"We didn't deserve to lose, but we can't cry over spilt milk".

The final match of the day between Croatia and Nigeria was nothing to write home about, with a Nigerian own goal and no shots for either time in the first half. "But when you're 100 per cent sure it's no penalty and you go and you doubt ... you have to ask him". The run to the final two years ago masked a lot of their problems, insofar as they were rescued by individuals particularly in the group stages and second-round clash with Ireland.

That will be where this World Cup is won and lost, and that's where Low and Deschamps need to step up their game in the days and weeks ahead.

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