MOSCOW, Lionel Messi fluffed his World Cup lines yesterday, missing a penalty as Iceland held Argentina to a 1-1 draw after France benefited from the first use of the Video Assistant Referee system in tournament history to grind out a victory over Australia.
Antoine Griezmann put France ahead with the ensuing penalty kick.
Although Australia captain Mile Jedinak levelled from the spot four minutes later following a handball by Samuel Umtiti, France snatched a lucky win when Manchester United star Paul Pogba's deflected shot looped over Ryan in the 81st minute.
France entered the World Cup as a popular pick to lift the trophy in July, but Les Bleus barely eked out a 2-1 win over group minnow Australia, with both goals coming courtesy of modern technology.
Federation Internationale de Football Association director of referees Massimo Busacca admits the system has been rushed in for the World Cup, but insists officials are ready and that VAR will help referees make better decisions in Russia.
"I'm looking for a better explanation of it I guess now but I don't want to take anything away from the game and the handsome game that it is and what we've done today".
France were held 0-0 at halftime by Australia in their World Cup Group C opener as their expected domination failed to materialise at the Kazan Arena on Saturday. The team's defence is solid and they were unlucky in the end. "He is a great player with great potential and has got what it takes". Even for their second goal, they needed the help of technology.
Everybody could see today that this is a different team and one of the most positive things also is that we showed guts and that we could be ourselves.
The manager had chose to kick off the competition with a mobile trio of Griezmann, Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.
They had 15 good minutes at first, with two good chances for Griezmann and Mbappe, who became the youngest ever French player to play in a World Cup at 19 years old and 178 days. "But when you're 100 per cent sure it's no penalty and you go and you doubt ... you have to ask him". "But I'll have to see it".
The halftime whistle sounded soon after, and while Peruvian fans consoled each other, Peru's players rushed to support Cueva as the teams headed for the dressing rooms.