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FIFA18: France defeated Australia by 2-1

French men remained undefeated through-out the match as the pair of Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba scored winning goals for their team. The electrifying crowd at Kazan arena was chanting prayers for their respecting teams. France started this tournament as favorites and will be doing wonders in the future with a squad filled with legendary players like- Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud.

The first half started with an energized atmosphere and Australian midfielder Mathew Leckie got booked in the 13th minute. France was dominating in all the terms whether it is ball possession or passing percentage but Aussies were much ahead in the department of Fouls. There were 16 fouls committed in the first half of the match which is the highest number of fouls in the FIFA 2018 world cup. The first half ended without separating these two teams.

The second half started with rejuvenized energy and France were dominating again. In the 57th minute, Australian defender Josh Risdon got booked for his challenge against Griezmann which eventually gave France a chance to score a penalty goal. Greizmann never failed to entertain as he scored a stunning goal in the 58th minute of the match. In the 62nd minute, Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak avenged the penalty goal and equalized the scores by 1-1.

The last thirty minutes were substitution period for both the teams. In the 64th minute, Tom Juric replaced by Andrew Nabbout for Australia. As a result, the French goalscorer Griezmann was replaced by Olivier Giroud as a striker and Ousmane Dembele with Nabil Fekir in the 70th minute. In the 72nd minute, Australia replaced their midfielder Tom Rogic with Jackson Irvine. France received their first booking in the 76th minute of the match as Corentin Tolisso received the yellow card.

To protect Tolisso from exclusion, France made their third substitution in the 78th minute when Blaise Matuidi replaced Corentin Tolisso. The match was unseparated until a screamer scored by Paul Pogba, assisted by Olivier Giroud in the 80th minute. France was leading by 2-1 while Australia was starving for one goal. In the 84th minute, Aussies made their last substitution midfielder Daniel Arzani replaced Robbie Kruse. In the 87th minute, Aussies received another yellow card in the form of Aziz Behich but failed to equalize the scores.

Syed Zuhair Ali
Syed Zuhair Ali
A student of Journalism and Mass Communication who loves to write about social issues through his poetries.