Gritty Australia can take hope from defeat against France

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Australia’s Mile Jedinak, center, speaks with his teammates after 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. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)KAZAN, Russia — Taking on a French legion of stars, Australia’s back line put on an impressive collective display to shut down France’s attack in their World Cup opener.It still wasn’t enough.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach Bert van Marwijk’s defensive strategy almost 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.France ultimately prevailed thanks to a penalty awarded following VAR review and a lucky goal from Paul Pogba. The Manchester United midfielder’s effort took a deflection off Australia fullback Aziz Behich and hit the crossbar before crossing the goal line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVan Marwijk looked dejected during his post-match news conference. He was pleased with his players’ effort and said the French “didn’t know what to do anymore in big parts of the game.”But he struggled to swallow referee Andres Cunha’s decision to award the French their penalty. Cunha initially waved away calls from the French players after defender Josh Risdon fouled Antoine Griezmann with a late tackle. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Technology helps France beat gritty Australia 2-1 in Group C Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “The body language was that he didn’t know,” van Marwijk said about the referee. “Let’s say from 10, seven people say penalty and three say no penalty. So I don’t know. He was standing very close in the moment of the penalty and he directly said, ‘No penalty.’ He directly said, ‘Go on.’ It’s also a human being, so everybody makes mistakes.”Australia will need two good results against Denmark and Peru to qualify for the knockout stage, but considering the team’s bold display, Van Marwijk has reason to believe it’s possible.Until Risdon’s foul on Griezmann, Australia’s defenders had been superb, making sure the French strikers did not get too many balls. Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe were largely ineffective.In the 30th minute, Risdon took the ball away from Griezmann’s foot at a crucial moment after the Atletico Madrid player brought it down with a fine control, preventing him from unleashing from close range.“We’re disappointed. We didn’t have the luck today,” said Australia captain Mile Jedinak, who scored his team’s equalizer. “The second goal was fortunate for them, just over the line. We’ve got to take the positives, pick ourselves up and go again. I told my teammates that if we maintain that structure and concentration we showed today, let’s see where it gets us. I can’t fault them, almighty effort today.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more