By Owolabi Abiola
The opening 10 minutes saw the French side dominating the attacks and they forced three saves from the keeper, Matthew Ryan.
After the 15th minute, Hugo Lloris was called to action with a glorious save to deny Australia.
Despite their dominance in the heart of the park, the 1998 world champions could not break the Aussies’ defence and it was 0-0 at the interval.
46 min: Second half underway. No changes by either side just yet.
47 min: Nervy start to the half by Australia, the goalkeeper and both fullbacks making a bit of a horlicks of playing out from the back. France capitalise and begin probing around the box but a smart Milligan header releases the pressure.
Cut to close up of Giroud lacing up his boots on the bench. Can’t imagine he’ll be sat down for long.
48 min: Stoppage in play while Hernandez receives treatment. The France left-back has spent his fair share of this game on the deck with replays not favouring his resilience.
53 min: Decent from Australia, down the right this time, with Risdon getting ahead of Leckie and whipping a cross in. Nabbout makes his presence felt but he can’t fashion a shooting opportunity. Good signs for Australia though that their counterattacking may pay dividends as the game stretches.
55 min: Massive moment! France win the turnover and attack through the middle, Pogba sends a lovely weighted pass into Griezmann, he’s through on goal but Risdon nicks it away from his toes as he’s in on Ryan. The referee waves play-on, but he’s been invited to consult VAR…