Ousmane Dembele dribbles across the top of the box and attempts to find Lucas Hernandez coming in from the left but he overhits the looping pass. Olivier Giroud giving attention to his shoes on the bench could indicate the target man's impending arrival with his side looking for a goal.
Paul Pogba works it to Lucas Hernandez in space and he sends it in from the left side but it is cleared away. France will look to make more chances and Australia will hope to stay as solid as the first half. Australia must be happy with the result so far. The feared French attack has been disrupted and the score is still In a rare show of attacking energy, Aziz Behich crosses it in and when the clearance is returned he strikes it high and wide to the right.
After so many upfield clearances and seeming disinterest in offensive possession for the Australians, France looked surprised. Paul Pogba sends it into Antoine Griezmann in the left side of the box but Australia continues to remain alert and clears it away.
Better safe than sorry appears to be the attitude for Australia. After a sub-par pass from Paul Pogba is intercepted Australia refuses to take advantage of their numbers moving forward and Aaron Mooy slows it down.
As Kylian Mbappe squares to fire from the top of the box Antoine Griezmann is called for backing his defender out of the way. Despite many set piece opportunities and most of the possession, France still do not look comfortable in this game. Lucas Hernandez hits a hard shot with his left foot cleared away for a Ousmane Dembele corner on the left. The Barcelona winger drives it in but it does not reach his teammates and Mathew Ryan catches easily.
Antoine Griezmann nearly brings down a pass over his shoulder ahead of the defense but Trent Sainsbury recovers. In an instant France had a pass in after taking the ball in midfield. All this physical play has even taken a toll on the match ball. Antoine Griezmann throws the ball back to the Australian defense in a good show of sportsmanship. Paul Pogba commits a foul outside the area. Aaron Mooy curls it into the danger area from 35 yards away but Hugo Lloris makes a confident jump and catch.
Slowing down the game and being patient in their own half before launching balls down the wing over the world-class French midfield seems the early tactic for Australia. Aaron Mooy hits the free kick from the left wing and Lloris has to make a diving save on a Trent Sainsbury deflection, setting up a corner that is cleared upfield. Set piece chances continue after the clearance.
Ousmane Dembele puts in the corner from the left but eventually Australia clears. Another foul deep in the Australian half earns the winger the games first yellow. Aaron Mooy clears the ensuing Antoine Griezmann over the goal. From the left flank Kylian Mbappe hits it low and short and Antoine Griezmann attempts to head it down in the direction of goal. Good idea but the Australian defense handles it. France finding a lot of space in midfield and look comfortable around the Australian box.
Griezmann takes a right-footed shot that skims across the turf. Mathew Ryan dives to his left for the save. Mark Milligan makes an unnecessary challenge 25 yards away from the goal. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann stand over the ball but it is Pogba who hits it firm but dead center.
Mathew Ryan makes the easy catch. French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak lead their respective squads out onto the sunny pitch. It is a beautiful day for a game. France tasted victory in their tournament opener against Australia on Saturday. Blogs Photos Videos Teams Players.
Jun 16, Julio Bascunan Kazan Arena. Show More Show Less. Match Completed 87' Behich. Robbie Kruse Daniel Arzani. Corentin Tolisso Blaise Matuidi. Tom Rogic Jackson Irvine. Ousmane Dembele Nabil Fekir. Antoine Griezmann Olivier Giroud. Andrew Nabbout Tomi Juric. France wins it Aided by the much-discussed VAR and a goal that just bounced over the line, France take a less than comfortable 3 points from a spirited Australian defense.
And there's the whistle! France escapes with the win! Australia foul Australia commit one last foul as Paul Pogba advances the ball up the field.
Australia threatening Aaron Mooy sends in a cross but Benjamin Pavard clears it out for a throw. France squanders an open goal N'Golo Kante takes the ball away and dribbles up the left wing. France free kick too short Nabil Fekir hits the free kick he earned directly into the wall. Yellow card - Behich Aziz Behich receives a yellow for his challenge on Nabil Fekir just outside the box. Yellow Card Aziz Behich Australia.
France keeping up the pressure After another chunk of French attacking, Nabil Fekir has his corner punched away. Substitution Daniel Arzani on. Pogba pokes it off the crossbar! Assist by Olivier Giroud France. Substitution Blaise Matuidi on. Australian free kick trickery Following the foul on Juric, Aaron Mooy plays a free kick short and wide but it is cleared out for a throw-in.
Yellow card for Tolisso Corentin Tolisso brings down Tomi Juric in midfield as the Australian forward attempts to run into space. Yellow Card Corentin Tolisso France.
France counters but nothing comes of it After a rare Australian foray forward hits a dead end in the corner, Paul Pogba sends it ahead to Nabil Fekir but his pass for Kylian Mbappe does not connect. Rogic leaves after a good defensive shift.
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