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FIFA World Cup 2018: France beat Australia, Iceland hold Argentina

France beat Australia 2-1 in a Group C encounter of the FIFA World Cup today. Paul Pogba’s late goal, on a shot that deflected off a defender’s foot and the

France beat Australia 2-1 in a Group C encounter of the FIFA World Cup today. Paul Pogba’s late goal, on a shot that deflected off a defender’s foot and the crossbar before slamming down just across the goal line gave France the 2-1 win over Australia in a group C opener for both teams.

While, France’s Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 58th minute, Australia equalized barely 4 minutes later. It was Paul Pogba to the rescue. Pogba struck in the 81st minute to seal the victory for France.

Meanwhile, a spirited Iceland held Argentina 1-1 at half time in a group D encounter. While Aguero gave Argentina the lead in the 19th minute, A Finnbogason shot back for Iceland 4 minutes later to restore parity. Lionel Messi of course the most sought after player in the Argentine side but yet to make an impact in this tie.

First Published: 16th June, 2018 21:51 IST

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