France defeats Australia 2-1 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesReferee Andres Cunha speaks with Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse and Trent Sainsbury of Australia after conceding a penalty to France during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Socceroos were defeated by France 2-1 in their opening match at Kazan Arena last night.

For the first time in World Cup history, the referee awarded a penalty using VAR (video assistant technology) — unfortunately it was against Australia and after the ref had called play on.

The French team was given a penalty kick, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann, putting them ahead of the Roos 1-0.

Moments later, in the 62nd minute, Australian captain Mile Jedinak put Australia on the scoreboard after Samuel Umtiti handled the ball, bringing the score to 1-1.

But a shot by Frenchman Paul Pogba in the 81st minute took a deflection off Aziz Behich and bounced off the cross bar over the line, giving the French the winning goal.

Australia will now play Denmark on Thursday at 10pm AEST.

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