Socceroos draw massive TV audience for World Cup loss to France

Socceroos draw massive TV audience for World Cup loss to France

Socceroos draw massive TV audience for World Cup loss to France

Twelve minutes into the second half, Joshua Risdon fouled the Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann inside the box and initially referee Andres Cunha refused any decision.

Just 4 minutes later, however, France's Samuel Umtiti made a freaky mistake, his flailing arm making contact with a high cross from Aaron Mooy, forcing the referee to award another penalty, which Australian captain Mile Jedinak converted.

In a tight first half that saw Griezmann, teenager Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele fail to spark, it was the yellow-clad Aussie fans who have invaded the Tatar capital who had most to cheer about.

In fact, as Diego Forlan unfurled the piece of paper that confirmed Australia had drawn Les Bleus in their opening World Cup clash, scenes of the Socceroos' 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Germany in 2010 sprang to mind.

Just before the hour mark the right back tracked back as French striker Antoine Griezmann chased a through-ball deep into Australian territory.

France beat Australia 2-1 in the first match of Group B at the World Cup on Saturday.

The Socceroos can take enormous encouragement after they more than held their own against the Euro2016 finalists.

Olivier Giroud
ReutersOlivier Giroud comes on as a substitute to replace Antoine Griezmann

In a challenge from Trent Sainsbury on Lucas Hernandez, the Australian tackled the Frenchman so hard the ball burst.

Therefore, it was key that the Socceroos didn't let that decision affect them and try to get back into the game and they were given the chance to do just that when Umititi handled the ball in the area after a free-kick was whipped into the area by Mooy and the referee pointed straight to the spot.

Griezmann, expected to make a huge impact on Russian Federation 2018 after topping the Euro 2016 scorers with six goals, was left frustrated by a solid Socceroos defensive display in a tight first half.

Paul Pogba has been stripped of France's winning goal in Saturday's 2-1 Group C victory over Australia in Kazan, with his 81st-minute strike ruled as an Aziz Behich own goal. Australia levelled through Mile Jedinak four minutes later.

"We're disappointed, we didn't have the luck today". "I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world". I cannot blame any of my players I can only give them compliments. The Socceroos played with all heart and kept the French attackers at bay for a majority of the game but it was the Manchester United midfielder who with his continuous pressing won the game for his country.

"I think it changes a few things about refereeing, maybe they will hesitate to make decisions and get calls from up top, we've still got to play the game and focus on it". After all, Van Marwijk did take Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, where they were defeated by all-conquering Spain.


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