Video Assistant Referee system used for first time in World Cup history

Mbappe in training. Image PA

Mbappe in training. Image PA

Having such star power assembled in Russian Federation would be a dream for most coaches.

Today, France and Australia kick off Group C at 10:00 am GMT for the first of four games on the first Saturday of the tournament.

France begin their tournament on Saturday morning with an 11am game against Austrailia before going on to play Peru and Denmark in their two remaining group games, they are on of the current favourites to win the tournament. "But we will need to use all these qualities for the benefit of the group".

After losing in the final at Euro 2016, France are hoping to go one better in Russian Federation this summer.

Griezmann, who had said he would clarify his future before the World Cup, revealed he would be staying put during a Spanish television documentary called "The Decision" aired on Thursday evening. They have no reason to be overconfident. Deschamps was equally sanguine about the prospect of Griezmann, Mbappe and Dembele tripping over each other as they all try to attack down the same "funnel".

Pogba had the last laugh as he bundled over an 80th minute goal in France's 2-1 win.

"Who, Australia?!" he fumed at Bower when asked if, er, France should be expecting to win the game.

The Socceroos have been training to implement a disciplined game plan against the French.

Didier Deschamps' French squad are one of the youngest teams in the World Cup and with a host of big stars, they are expected to set the world stage on fire.

Australia delivered a gritty display that bodes well for its next two matches.

Australian hopes have always revolved around Tim Cahill, now 38 but no less threatening than his younger compatriots.

France's first goal came from a video assistant referee (VAR) reviewed penalty - the first at a World Cup - which van Marwijk says will be forever debated. He would join Brazil's Pele along with Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler from Germany on the prestigious list.

"We know that we are playing against one of the best countries of the world".

Deschamps could opt to play with a front three against Australia, which could see Griezmann pushed alongside Olivier Giroud and Mbappe, if he is fully fit in time. On the opposite flank will be Mbappe, with Griezmann as the central striker. France has players that play in every major league in Europe. Griezmann's passing skills and direct style combined with Mbappe's dribbling qualities and frenetic pace should make an excellent strike duo in Russian Federation. Hugo Lloris will stand tall as the last line of defence.

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