Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha did not award a penalty but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a spot-kick and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.
With 10 minutes to go, Paul Pogba's deflected shot narrowly crossed the line as the referee's goal-line technology once again came in handy for France. Photo: Antonio Calanni/ Associated PressArgentina's Lionel Messi covers his face during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. "It helped correct a mistake".
The referee didn't need to call for VAR this time around as Samuel Umtiti inexcusably handled the ball in the area - what was he thinking? - then up stepped skipper Mile Jedinak who calmly slotted home to send the Socceroos supporters into raptures.
After watching the replay three or four times Cunha chose to make history by using VAR to award a penalty for the first time ever. When I felt the contact, I thought it was a penalty.
As per the expectations, France started the first few minutes controlling possession, and in less than two minutes, Kylian Mbappe had got a great chance to score a goal, but eventually, it went for a corner.
France had dominated the first half of their opening World Cup encounter against Australia but have failed to make a breakthrough against their stubborn opponents.
The Group C match had a weird incident in which Australia defender Trent Sainsbury burst the ball in a tackle. A win against the South Americans next would allow France coach Didier Deschamps to rotate his players for the final game. The defender gave away a penalty for handling the ball during the match, and has now made fun of the situation. The team's defense is solid and they were unlucky in the end.
France toiled until the introduction of Olivier Giroud as a second-half substitute, the Chelsea striker holding the ball up for Pogba to hit the victor via a nick off Aziz Behich. The service, especially from Paul Pogba and Corentin Tolisso, was not good enough.
"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.