FULL TIME: What is French for relief? Les Bleus snatch a 2-1 win over Australia after an uninspiring display. Pogba scored a deflected winner after Griezmann's controversial penalty was levelled by Jedinak's spotkick. Thanks for following the game with us, stick with us as our coverage of Argentina v Iceland starts from 1pm!
- 2nd Half
- Behich (o.g.)80'
- Jedinak (P)62'
- Griezmann (P)58'
- 1st Half
France - Australia
World Cup - 16 June 2018
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Behich launches in a throw into the box towards Jedinak, its partially cleared. Risdon's tame effort from the edge of the box is blocked.
Sainsbury and Risdon are getting more forward in search of an equaliser which is the least they deserve.
There will be FIVE added minutes
Deschamps is ushering his players back after Mbappe fires in a cross which is gathered by Ryan. Australia cannot get out of their half.
- Yellow cardAziz BehichAustralia
Behich is booked for bit of wrestling with Fekir, who has looked bright. Its a free-kick while the Lyon man will take, he goes for a shot but it hits the wall.
- OffRobbie KruseAustralia
- OnDaniel ArzaniAustralia
Daniel Arzani is on for the Socceroos, who need a spark.
Australia are definitely tiring in the last ten minutes.
VAR says its a goal and France are back in the lead.
- Own-goalAziz BehichAustralia
GOAL FOR FRANCE! Pogba trades passes with Giroud before he stuck out a foot, the ball hits Behich and goes over the line off the crossbar. But VAR is checking..
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- Yellow cardCorentin TolissoFrance
Tolisso is booked for a challenge from behind, no VAR needed for that one.
Fekir has space, Giroud makes a run beyond the last defender but the Lyon man puts in a woeful pass which goes behind.
France have had ten shots to Australia's three but have not done enough to test Ryan in this second half.
Jackson Irvine is on for Rogic who strolls off the field as the fourth official tells him to gets his skates on.
- OffOusmane DembéléFrance
- OnNabil FekirFrance
And as expected, Dembele is replaced by Liverpool target Nabil Fekir.
- OffAntoine GriezmannFrance
- OnOlivier GiroudFrance
Griezmann makes way for Giroud, that is a surprise that the Atletico Madrid man in the one to go off.
Umtiti tries to redeem himself with a strike from all of 35 yards which is well blocked by the Aussie defence.
No surprises, Giroud and Fekir are getting ready to come on. What a finale we have in store..
Pavard concedes a free-kick with a foul on Kruse, the fullback has not had the best of afternoons.
Nabbout makes way for Tomi Juric.
Well that has livened things up, what an amazing five minutes we have had. Two penalties.
- Goal by penaltyMile JedinakAustralia
GOAL FOR AUSTRALIA! Jedinak coolly slots the ball in and sends Lloris the wrong way to make it 1-1.
PENALTY TO AUSTRALIA! Kante is penalised for a foul and its freekick near the box. Mooy's delivery is handled by Umiti who stick his arms up in the air for some strange reason.
CHANCE! France break down the left, the ball falls to Griezmann whose effort goes inches wide of the post. Australia went to sleep at the back.
- Goal by penaltyAntoine GriezmannFrance
GOAL FOR FRANCE! Griezmann hammers the penalty into the corner, Ryan did not move. The VAR debate will rumble on after this..
A PENALTY IS AWARDED! Risdon is penalised for that challenge, that was debatable. He appeared to touch the ball before making contact with Griezmann.
VAR IN ACTION! The referee wants to check Risdon's challenge from Griezmann again, the defender appeared to get the ball.
GREAT CHALLENGE! France break, Pogba threads the ball towards Griezmann who is brought down from behind Risdon.
CLOSE! A low cross is whipped in for Nabbout but Varane is there to calmly clear the danger.
France are traditionally not strong starters at World Cups so its too early to panic but if it stays 0-0 there's a lot to work on for their second game against Peru on Thursday.
Hernandez has gone down clutching his face after challenging for the ball with Leckie, he seemed to have fallen akwardly but looks to continue.
France showing a bit more urgency. Hernandez sends in a first-time cross but Milligan is there to clear before Umtiti is penalised for a foul.
Expect to see Giroud and/or Lemar and Fekir if it stays like this with 20 minutes to go, the French have an abundance of talent to call upon.
- End of 1st Half
KICK OFF: France get the second period underway. No changes made by either side at the break.
- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: It is 0-0. France started brightly but faded badly and Australia have emerged with more credit for their defensive organisation and have come closest to scoring.
CLOSE! Behich bursts forward and pings in a cross, it comes back to him and he fires in a first time efofrt from the edge of the box that goes narrowly over.
Pogba chips in a good ball into the box for Griezmann but its blocked and Sainsbury is there again to mop up the danger.
Deschamps' side were getting in behind the Aussies' defence in the opening stages but they have stagnated and have given their opponents too much time on the ball without much pressure.
Nabbout charges into Hernandez near the corner flag and is lucky to escape a booking. The Socceroos have not held back after a nervy opening.
The long-running debate about Pogba's best position will continue off the back of this first-half performance, he has been a peripheral figure.
Les Bleus do not have many weaknesses, but a potential one is the fullbacks going forward compared to the usual duo of Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe. Pavard has not taken on his marker yet and is a little on the conservative side.
CLOSE! Griezmann gets in behind the defence near the six yard box but is tackled as he is about to pull the trigger.
Brilliant tackle from Sainsbury on Hernandez which leads to the ball being burst. New balls please..
Pogba is penalised for a tackle on Leckie, that was slightly harsh. Its a free-kick around 40 yards out, Mooy swings it in but Lloris is off his line to grab it.
France have a wealth of options on the bench including Olivier Giroud, who was tipped to start but picked up a head injury in the friendly against the USA.
The best way to describe Australia's approach so far is organised and physical, a few hefty challenges have come in, the latest being on Dembele when he was flying down the wing.
We are approaching the midway point of the first half. Its been all France but Australia have had a good opportunity to break the deadlock.
After a long ball sails over his head, Griezmann signals to his team-mates to push up the field and crank up the pressure.
Lloris certain spared Toliso's blushes there. The Spurs keeper has had nothing to do priot to that save.
GREAT SAVE! Australia have a free-kick on the left flank after a late challenge from Pavard. Mooy's cross is flicked on with a header, it hits Toliso and Lloris palms it away.
The resulting free-kick from Griezmann is headed over by Mooy. And the Socceroos stand firm to deal with the corner also.
- Yellow cardMathew LeckieAustralia
Leckie is cautioned for diving in on Hernandez around 35 yards from goal.
Australia have a free-kick on the left flank after Hernandez is penalised. Mooy whips it in to Leckie whose header goes well over.
Sarcastic cheers from the Aussie fans as their team has a spell of possession, mostly in their own half. Its been a blue onslaught so far.
Australia concede another free-kick in a bad position with Hernandez tripped by Risdon Mbappe will cross it in to Griezmann whose glancing header on is straight at Brighton keeper Ryan.
GOOD SAVE: France break, Pogba's pass falls to Griezmann whose deflected half volley from outside the area is saved low to his left by Ryan.
The Aussies' intentions are clear - sit back and soak up the pressure.
France have a free-kick around 25 yards in a central position after Mbappe is clipped by Milligan with his back to goal. Pogba fancies having a pop, and his curling effort is straight at the keeper.
GOOD SAVE: First warning for the Socceroos. Mbappe runs onto a long ball and from a tight angle fires in a shot which Ryan keeps out at his near post. The resulting corner is cleared by the big-bearded Jedinak.
Its a strange set up the Aussies have. After sacking their coach in January, they hired Bert Van Marwijk only for this tournament.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF: After some pretty impressive renditions of the national anthems from the players and fans, Australia get the game underway.
Five minutes until kick-off in Kazan!
REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC IF YOU ARE A SOCCEROOS FAN:
- They have only lost one of their past nine matches.
- The Aussies thumped Czech Republic in a recent friendly 4-1.
- France have only won one of their last four opening World Cup games, beating Honduras in 2014 (3-0).
We have to discuss last night again and that classic between Spain and Ronaldo's Portugal as its soon to be renamed.
Australia have played 12 games more than France in qualifying. Coach Bert Van Marwijk has urged his side to show "guts" today.
“We know France are one of the best in world,” he said. “If you see their results in the last year they are not always stable, but they have a chance to win the World Cup. But it is not always the best players who win prizes, often the best team.
Deschamps said his team are ready to bite into the World Cup as if it were a delicious apple. He also played down Mbappé's comments that playing with Griezmann was like being caught up in a traffic jam.
“We don’t want them too spread out of course,” he said. “They do have that freedom but can’t be all in the centre. We have worked on that. The players choose how they want to use the space.”
This is believed to be France's youngest side since the 1930 World Cup with 14 out of the 23-man squad having never played in a major tournament.
Veteran Cahill is named on the bench while Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak starts.
AUSTRALIA XI: Ryan, Milligan, Behich, Risdon, Sainsbury, Moodu, Jedinak, Rogic, Leckie, Kruse, Nabbout.
Lets get straight to the team news and Les Bleus have a boost with Kylian Mbappe starting alongside Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele up front despite that ankle injury scare in training after a challenge from Adil Rami.
FRANCE XI: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernande, Pogba, Toliso, Kante, Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele.
Hello and welcome to LIVE commentary as France open their World Cup campaign against Australia in Group C. Its been a cracking start to the tournament, can todays game continue in the same vein? Kick-off in Kazan is 10:00 BST.