Jedinak admits VAR 'frustration' but Australia have moved on


"I know I can do far better, but I am relaxed about it, I know it is going to get better".

They would be punished moments later after France were awarded a controversial penalty when Antoine Griezmann was tackled by Josh Risdon bearing down on a through ball.

Antoine Griezmann scored the opener from the penalty spot after that VAR decision, before Mile Jedinak equalized for Australia following a weird handball from Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti.

Even with incredible stars like Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann on the pitch, France could not break down the Socceroos.

Only two minutes in, the fleet-footed Paris Saint-Germain forward cut in to meet an enticing through ball from midfield and force Ryan into action at his near post.

France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, France's midfielder Paul Pogba and France's defender Adil Rami celebrate at the end of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between France and Australia at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on 16 June, 2018. There were many situations in which they did not know what to do anymore.

Uruguayan referee Cunha, consulted VAR over tackle and chose to award the penalty much to the dismay of the Australian players.

Oz nearly took a shock lead 10 minutes later.

Australia were awarded a penalty of their own on hour mark when Samuel Umtiti handled in the box.

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After a rather boring opening 45 minutes, the game sprung into life just before the hour, when a through ball from Paul Pogba - a peach of a through ball too - looked to spring Antoine Griezmann clear.

Defender Aziz Behich challenged Pogba just inside the box only to see the Manchester United man's effort loop over Ryan and narrowly cross the line having bounced down off the underside of the crossbar, with the goal confirmed by goal-line technology.

Mile Jedinak, the Aussie skipper, did what Griezmann managed at the other end and it was back level, with the game flowing quite nicely.

"I think at least we deserved a point". Aston Villa midfielder Jedinak cooly sent Hugo Lloris the wrong way to make it 1-1.

Youngster Daniel Arzani made his world cup debut and showed off his pace in a final flurry, but the minnows again struggled in the offensive third. I got a lot of reactions, let's say that out of 10 people seven said it was a penalty and three said no penalty.

Racism has dogged the Russian game for decades and FIFA last month fined the national football association over chants directed at black players during a friendly against France.

It was a hard defeat for Australia to take after such a resilient display.

"The way we wanted to play, they did it for 95% (of the game) so I can't blame any players, I can only give them compliments".