Australia earned a respectable 2-1 loss against France in group C’s opening fixture at the 2018 World Cup.

Goals from Griezmann and Paul Pogba helped Les Blues see off the Impressive Australia who scored from a Jedinak penalty.

With France parading stars like Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele, Fekir and the likes, this encounter was widely tipped to be a whitewash in favour of Deschamps side.

Mbappe’s early effort in the 2nd minute was well saved by Ryan the Australian goalkeeper.

France would Struggle from there on as Jedinak and Mooy held their own in midfield and provided more going forward against the more fancied france.

Ngolo Kante and Pogba were subdued in midfield as the Australians made a good case for themselves.

Lloris had the best save in the first half as a deflected ball appeared to be going in.

Much of the goal mouth action happened in the second half.

France started the half better and looked to better their first half performance.

In a moment of controversy, Griezmann went down in the Australian box and the referee waved play on.

The  referee would later change his mind few minutes later via the help of VAR to award a penalty for France which Griezmann duly stepped up to convert.

 

Just when France thought they had the game under control, Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti would commit a stupid foul in the box with his hand and the referee had no choice buty to point to the spot again.

Up stepped Jedinak to level matters for Australia.

Giroud and Fekir were introduced in the second half for France but it was Paul Pogba who scored the winning goal for his country in an evenly contested encounter. Peru returned to the World Cup stage for the first time in over 30 years on a losing note to Denmark.

In the group’s earlier encounter, Denmark defeated Peru 1-0.

Peru started on the brighter note with Farfan  dominating and getting chances early on.

Yussuf Poulsen got the decisive goal and winning goal for Denmark  in the 59th minute.