Australia coach Bert van Marwijk: Referee 'didn't know' on penalty decision


France's first goal came from a video assistant referee (VAR) reviewed penalty - the first at a World Cup - which van Marwijk says will be forever debated.

With the score at 0-0 after a goalless first half, Paul Pobga sent through a slide-rule pass for Antoine Griezmann to chase.

"It was nothing to do with the fact we have a lot of young players", said Deschamps in defence of a squad which, after Nigeria, is the youngest at the World Cup.

A second-guess from a referee, some vague video and cruel luck denied Australia in a 2-1 defeat against France at the World Cup, according to coach Bert van Marwijk.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty but Mile Jedinak replied from the spot just four minutes later. France reclaimed the lead in fortuitous circumstances later on, a deflection off Aziz Behich taking Paul Pogba's touch over the line via the underside of the Australian crossbar. "I know I can do far better, but I am relaxed about it, I know it is going to get better".

Griezmann admitted that pressure surrounding the French team, with seven players out of the 11 starters having never played in a World Cup before, was intense.

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"I didn't expect such a tough game and to play against a team so well organised", he added in the mixed zone.

France World Cup victor Marcel Desailly has taken a swipe at Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial. "If you take Zinedine Zidane out of the 1998 squad, we didn't really have the star players that we have now".

"He will definitely start, Didier Deschamps is a big fan of his talents but he has to play a very specific role for France if he is to be effective", Desailly told FFT.

"I prefer to to talk about the game".

The Socceroos will undoubtedly leave frustrated having come away with nothing after performing so well, but know easier tests lie ahead in Peru and Denmark, who face each other in Group C's second match.

Once again, France looked like they didn't play enough as a team and Lloris agreed.