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

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"We're disappointed. We didn't have the luck today", said Australia captain Mile Jedinak, who scored his team's equalizer.

Photo: Petr David Josek/ Associated PressFrance's Paul Pogba, left, and Australia's Mathew Leckie, right, challenge the ball during the group C match between France and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. Then Pogba scored the winning goal in the 81st minute with the aid of goal-line technology. Head coach Didier Deschamps has several bona fide superstars in his squad, but France has a lot of work to do if they're going to be legit contenders this year. "It helped correct a mistake".

Stephanie Brantz caught up with Julien Laurens after France squeezed past Australia with a 2-1 win.

Minutes later, they drew level through a penalty of their own - Samuel Umtiti with a weird handball gifting Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak the chance to level things up.

Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture.

Griezmann was voted man of the match, but said he felt teammates N'Golo Kante or Lucas Hernandez should have got the prize instead. I think if it helps the referees, it's a good thing. "When the referee went to see the video, I thought it was a penalty".

It was understandable the Socceroos would play with restraint in attack so as to avoid leaving gaping holes at the back, but there were times that their defensive attitude resulted in cheap turnovers as players refused to attempt forward passes through France's three-man midfield.

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The French did not impress in the final third of the field and their defence often looked shaky.

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"It was a hard match, it was complicated and the Australian team were very good".

MF Aaron Mooy, 7 - A strong start defensively grew into an impressive all-round display.

It was no surprise that the French looked better once the likes of Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi were on the pitch and the likes of Corentin Tolisso and Ousmane Dembele looked overawed by the occasion at times.

France launch their latest World Cup campaign against Australia on Saturday.

Australia did to be fair played more of a defensive type of game overall, and that is probably due to them rather expecting to be trounced by France, which whilst France did win it was not what you would call a decisive victory by any stretch of the imagination!