Pogba earns France 2-1 win as technology plays part

Pogba earns France 2-1 win as technology plays part

Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 pm

Pogba: helped France win first match in Russia 2018

Paul Pogba scored a late goal to earn France a hard-fought 2-1 win against Australia in their opening World Cup Group C game on Saturday.

Technology played a major part in the game, especially in the decision of Pogba’s goal.

The midfielder, who was criticised after recent below-par performances, found the back of the net with a lob after a fine one-two with second-half substitute, Olivier Giroud, nine minutes from time.

The effort was confirmed by goal-line technology.

Antoine Griezmann converted the first penalty to be awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at a World Cup in the 58th minute after being brought down by Josh Rishdon.

Mile Jedinak leveled scores for his side, also with a penalty, after Samuel Umtiti handled. (Reuters/NAN)

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