France will be looking to up their game

This was a match that the like where the World Cup hasn't quite seen .  A culture clash between the underwhelming French along with the resilient Australians had been an unyielding event on the pitch -- thus much, therefore anticipated - but the strongest element was off-pitch technology.  The goals within this narrow French triumph came courtesy of a VAR-assisted punishment along with a GLT-awarded matchwinner.It had been an eventful day for its full-kit movie referees, who helped the Uruguayan official at the center of it all, Andrés Cunha, in exemplary style.  Critics of technologies may have their bookings but in actual time, at the Kazan Arena, the responses were fast, decisive and right.  All of it seemed a world away from Frank Lampard's notorious over-the-line-yet-not given target in South Africa 2010 since Paul Pogba managed to pause with his arms outstretched in obscure uncertainty for only a couple of seconds ahead of the signal came he could observe his deflected shot leaning off the crossbar and over that line.It proved an extremely welcome winning target for France following a mostly stodgy performance.

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