France boss Didier Deschamps happy Antoine Griezmann has sorted club future

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.

Deschamps, a World Cup victor with France in 1998, will be thanking his lucky stars after a performance which will give him more questions than answers about his ambitious side - the second-youngest in the tournament after Nigeria.

Mbappe was asked to name the coach of his dreams during an appearance on Canal+ show Au Tableau, and the 19-year-old chose Wenger.

The first on-field video review in World Cup history was just as controversial as you would have expected it to be.

Pogba was unfazed, admitting he got a little help from Aziz Behich as his shot looped off the shin of the Australia defender before going under the bar.

As for Australia, it just let Denmark and Peru know that it will be no easy match and it has the capability of moving on to the round of 16 if it can put it together in the final two matches.

"We are not expecting him to score, he needs to keep the ball, and win some balls", said Griezmann, whose second-half penalty was cancelled out by another penalty from Mile Jedinak.

"But. he's also a human being and everybody makes mistakes". After checking images of a tackle from behind by Joshua Risdon on Griezmann, referee Andres Cunha pointed to the penalty spot.

Coach Didier Deschamps told TF1 his players were capable of better, saying: "It was not easy, but winning the Group C opener was very important".

DF Josh Risdon, 5 - The Western Sydney Wanderers man looked nervous, particularly in the early stages, slipping and making a handful of positional mistakes. "I think it's an own goal, but it's the action", he said. "It's very hard. It's also hard when the referee has 50,000 people on his back and has to decide".

Van Marwijk's main gripe was that he felt the referee saw the decision in real time, was close to it, made a decision and should have stuck to it.

Despite a largely disjointed display Mourinho believes Deschamps got his team selection correct and expects France to improve as the tournament continues. "At least, we. deserved to play a draw".

Latest News