History was made in a dull Group C affair as Antoine Griezmann scored the first ever World Cup goal via a penalty awarded by video action replay.
In what was an incredibly quiet game, which Australia earned the majority of the early plaudits for their intense work rate, Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann opened the scoring thanks to the infamous VAR system – though whether the penalty actually was is still up for debate.
He dispatched in emphatic fashion from the spot before the Aussies drew level shortly after through Mile Jedinak, who also turned home from 12 yards after a moment of madness from Samuel Umtiti who handled the ball in the area.
Paul Pogba proved the decisive man, however, with a powerful drive from midfield leading to some impressive interchange, and though the final ball got away from him on the edge of the area, his control combined with a clearance attempt from an Australian defender saw the ball loop over Matt Ryan and narrowly cross the line.
Questions will be asked of Didier Deschamps, as his France side seemed to fail to ever get out of second gear in their opening game.