Didier Deschamps: France can do better after scraping Australia win

Didier Deschamps admits France can improve significantly after they scraped a controversial 2-1 victory against Australia in their World Cup opener.

Les Bleus benefited from the competition’s first use of video assistant referee technology when they were awarded a debatable second-half penalty, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann.

Uruguayan official Andres Cunha initially played on after Josh Risdon’s challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the spot, having consulted video replays at the side of the pitch.

Mile Jedinak quickly drew the Socceroos level with a penalty at the other end following Samuel Umtiti’s inexplicable handball, before goal-line technology was required for France’s late winner, claimed by Paul Pogba after a hefty deflection off Aziz Behich.

“It was not easy, but winning the first match is very important,” Deschamps told L’Equipe.

“It was complicated today with a team who gave us a hard time.

“It’s hard to explain everything. We missed a change of pace, a little juice.

“At the end of the match, we had a few more opportunities. It’s hard for everyone, apart from the first match of the Russians against Saudi Arabia (a 5-0 win).

“We did the job. But we can do better, do a lot better.”

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