A video review system intended to correct referee errors served only to deliver more contention as technology played a decisive role in France’s 2-1 win over Australia at the World Cup on Saturday.
France striker Antoine Griezmann scored from the first-ever penalty awarded by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) at a World Cup after he was brought down by a sliding challenge from Socceroos defender Josh Risdon just inside the box.
Referee Andres Cunha had initially thought it a fair tackle but was summoned to review the footage, and after a moment of deliberation, he awarded the spot kick.
Griezmann thumped the ball into the right corner past Australia keeper Mathew Ryan, triggering cheers from travelling French fans but jeers from the Australians at Kazan Arena.
France’s forward Antoine Griezmann (R) is tackled by Australia’s defender Joshua Risdon giving a penalty opportunity to France. (AFP)
Griezmann was convinced he had been brought down illegally and felt the VAR had served its purpose.