Australia denied by controversial VAR system in WC opener

The Socceroos almost pulled off a remarkable upset against heavy-weights France in their FIFA World Cup opener.

Le Blues were too strong for Australia, winning the match 2-1.

France’s first goal came through a video assistant referee (VAR) which reviewed a penalty.


The on-field decision was that no penalty should be awarded, this was later overruled by VAR.

Frenchmen Antonine Greizman duly netted the penalty in the 58th minute.

Australia bounced back quickly and equalised through a penalty of their own just four minutes later.

Socceroos Captain Mile Jedinak stepped up to the spot kick and scored Australia’s only goal of the game.

French star midfielder Paul Pogba was the hero of the match netting the game-winning goal at Kazan Arena in the 80th minute.

The fight from the Australians shocked fans and pundits around the world and left Socceroos coach Bert Van Marwijkj wanting more.

“Yes we will gain a lot of confidence from this game,” he said.

“But I’m also disappointed with the result, I think we at least deserved a point.”

Australia will take on Denmark next.