Moscow: The national team of France started their World Cup campaign with 2-1 victory over Australia in the opening Group C match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday in the Russian city of Kazan.
French striker Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty kick at the 58th minute. Almost immediately after Griezmann scored the penalty, the referee from Uruguay awarded another penalty to Australia, with Mile Jedinak equalizing the score. Later, on the 81st minute Paul Pogba scored the winning goal.
Both teams will be back in action on Thursday 21 June, when France take on Peru while Australia will be under pressure against Denmark.
A total of 32 national football teams are participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held in 11 cities across Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The teams were divided into eight groups, with four in each, and the top two from their relevant groups will proceed to the next round, known as the playoffs or the knockout stage, to keep vying for the much-coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Russia is holding its first time ever edition of the FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.