France coach Didier Deschamps has acknowledged that his team must improve significantly after they laboured to a 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup Group C opener at the Kazan Arena.
France benefited from the competition’s first use of VAR technology when they were awarded a debatable second-half penalty, which was converted by Antoine Griezmann.
Uruguayan official Andres Cunha initially played on after Josh Risdon‘s challenge on Griezmann before pointing to the spot, having consulted video replays at the side of the pitch.
“It was not easy, but winning the first match is very important,” Deschamps told L’Equipe. “It was complicated today with a team who gave us a hard time. It’s hard to explain everything. We missed a change of pace, a little juice
“At the end of the match, we had a few more opportunities. It’s hard for everyone, apart from the first match of the Russians against Saudi Arabia. We did the job. But we can do better, do a lot better.”