France must and will do better in next game, says coach Deschamps

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19 June, 2018

Coach Bert van Marwijk's defensive strategy nearly produced an unexpected draw against the 1998 World Cup champions, but luck was on the French side in their 2-1 victory at Kazan Arena on Saturday.

"One of the most positive things also is that we showed guts and we showed that we could be ourselves".

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Technology twice helped France at the World Cup on Saturday in its 2-1 victory over Australia in Group C. "The referee did not bow his whistle, so I moved on with that".

FW Kylian Mbappe, 6 - Now the youngest player to ever start in a competitive worldwide tournament for France and that maturity was reflected by the way he performed as if he was one of the more experienced members of the squad on the day - particularly early on. We faced a good Australian team that has played well.

The next time that France will be taking to the pitch in the Group Stages of this year's World Cup soccer tournament will be on Thursday June 21, and it is that day that the France v Peru match will be kicking off.

Minutes later Australia drew level through a spot-kick of their own although it was awarded by the referee, with Mile Jedinak coolly beating Hugo Lloris. Can we expect more VAR controversy in Russian Federation?

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In defence, Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, both 22, are likely to start on the flanks after impressive displays in the warm-up games, in the absence of the injured Djibril Sidibe. "We can bring some carefree attitude, some joie de vivre in a competition where pressure is always weighing on the squad", the striker added.

"It's a great way to wind down", Alli said before jetting to Russian Federation.

Just four minutes after France had taken the lead, the defender inexplicably used his arm to bat away an Australia cross from inside his own area despite his centre-back partner Raphael Varane waiting in behind.

Croatia face Argentina in their second group game.

CROATIA 2, NIGERIA 0: In Kalinigrad, Russia, Luka Modric set up one goal and scored another from the penalty spot Saturday to give Croatia a 2-0 win over Nigeria at the World Cup. Peru will be stronger than Australia and we will have to be ready and Denmark will be stronger than Peru too. I think he felt more comfortable in the way we played today with three midfielders.

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