France entered the World Cup as a popular pick to lift the trophy in July, but Les Bleus barely eked out a 2-1 win over group minnow Australia, with both goals coming courtesy of modern technology. He didn't ask VAR and instead pointed straight to the spot.
Griezmann was clipped by Joshua Risdon, but Cunha did not blow immediately and instead used technology to revisit the incident.
France's early verve was sorely lacking for the remainder of the half, with Australia able to keep their more illustrious opponents comfortably at arm's length before the interval. It's the first-ever use of VAR at a World Cup game.
Following an underwhelming opening half, Antoine Griezmann stepped up to beat goalkeeper Mathew Ryan from the spot on 58 minutes after Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha used video footage to ascertain the Atletico Madrid star had indeed been fouled by Australia defender Josh Risdon. It was confirmed by goal line technology. "However, after the referee did not blow his whistle, I forgot about VAR - all the better for us [that it exists]".
"I'm proud and disappointed, I think we gave a very good performance, nobody had expected that we could play like this against France", said van Marwijk.
"I don't feel like we were beaten by a better team, nearly by technology", goalkeeper Mat Ryan said.
The Australians matched the fancied French for much of their battle in Kazan in a display which heartened coach Bert van Marwijk.
Deschamps, the captain and leader of France's victorious 1998 "Rainbow team", has again been given the responsibility of bringing football's greatest prize back to France. "The referee still makes the final decision".
"It's very hard but it's also hard to decide, when a referee, for 50,000 people on his back, must decide when he is doubting".
"We had some luck to win but it was very important to start the tournament with a victory".
Didier Deschamps' Les Bleus head to Russian Federation among the favourites to triumph on July 14 but will remember all too well their group stage exits in 2002, as defending champions, and 2010.