France barely gets by Australia
On paper the French have a way more talented and better team than Australia and were expected to dominate this match. Australia came into this game knowing their best chances would come from corners and set pieces. The first ten minutes of this game started off with a flurry of chances for France, it looked like the French would dominate the rest of the half. That was not the case as the Australians had the best chance of the first half in the 18th minute when Hugo Lloirs made a save from a tricky free kick that resulted in a corner for Australia.
Most of the action of the first half came within the first 20 minutes, the rest of the half nothing much happened. The second half was a different story as we had two penalties in a span of four minutes in the first fifteen minutes of the second half. First penalty happened for the French in the 58th minute which was scored by Antoine Griezmann.
For the first at the World Cup, the VAR system (Video Assistant Referee) was used to help make a decision, replay showing it was indeed a penalty but barely. The original decision on the pitch was no penalty; a minute went by before the VAR crew signaled to the referee to take a look at the play. Second penalty happened in the 62nd minute from a handball in the box by French defender Samuel Umtiti, Mile Jedinak scored from the spot to make it 1-1.
In the 81st minute Paul Pogba made a solo run, making two quick passes, resulting in him getting into the box and lobbing it over the goalkeeper which barely got over the goal line, but the shot did have help from a deflection from an Australian player. This made it 2-1 for France and clinched the game for the French. This goal was first registered for Paul Pogba but later changed to an own goal by Australian defender Aziz Behich.
Besides the first ten minutes, the French played poorly and did not look like a World Cup contender to many thought they would be. It is still early but the French did get the three points from this game, which is the most important thing. Australia on the other hand over performed and at least deserved a draw in this game.
Denmark squeaks by Peru with a 1-0 victory
Playing their first World Cup game since 1982, Peru came to play and was not afraid of the moment. In the first twenty minutes of the game Peru really controlled the game and had plenty of shots towards Denmark’s goal.
Right at the end of the first half Peru receives a penalty, a play reviewed by VAR once again; penalty was taken by Christian Cueva and he shot it above the crossbar. Keeping it leveled at 0-0 at halftime. Second half started off differently than the first half. The Danes scored the first goal of the game through Yussuf Poulsen in the 59th minute off a counter attack led by Christian Eriksen.
But overall Peru were the better team in the second half, just like they were in the first half. Peru had chance after chance, but just could not find the back of the net. Denmark had two good scoring opportunities to increase their lead but missed on both attempts. Peru was the better team throughout the entire match, but just could not find the back of the net. Denmark on the other hand did what they needed to do and that is to get the three points, which at any major tournament is the most important thing.
Current Standings in Group C after one game:
- France 3 points, +1 Goal Difference
- Denmark 3 points, +1 Goal Difference
- Australia 0 points, -1 Goal Difference
- Peru 0 points, -1 Goal Difference