France's 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday afternoon was met with tonnes of talking points. Mark Lawrenson's hate campaign against the French was in full swing as he bemoaned the performances of full backs Benjamin Pavard and Theo Hernandez - not to mention Paul Pogba. Of course Twitter loved every second of it.
We can't forget about the use of VAR, that had a hand in all three goals during the match. It wasn't the highest quality game of football, nor was it the most entertaining, but there were so many controversial topics at hand.
Let's see how Twitter reacted, starting with the ever loathed use of VAR. Purists were fuming as the video assistant referee was referred to in Griezmann's penalty decision...
This VAR has got to go... goal line technology is great it’s instantaneous and black or white, yes or no.... VAR causes more confusion that it solves... AND its pathetic... checking every two minutes causing the element of instant reaction/emotion to die... that’s not football...— Paul Jones (@pjlfc) June 16, 2018
I don’t care if it benefits my team or not, VAR is so dead. Can’t celebrate, wait for them to check VAR and then celebrate again that’s dead 😂— YT: TheRealTinTin (@DaRealTinTin) June 16, 2018
VAR & goal line technology all in one World Cup match. Frank Lampard must be currently crying his eyes out.— Reev (@TheReevHD) June 16, 2018
VAR is for clear and obvious mistakes so can we go back and use it on the person who chose Mark Lawrenson as a commentator today— ImAllexx #i64 (@ImAllexx) June 16, 2018
On the topic of Mark Lawrenson, the co-commentator was on top form in his consistent criticism of everything that life has to offer - and the keyboard warriors were out in full force against the man...
Things Mark Lawrenson hates:— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) June 16, 2018
• Benjamin Pavard
• Goal Line Technology
• Players going down under minimal contact
My idea of hell would be to be locked in a room and forced to listen to Mark Lawrenson talk about VAR— Ian Stone (@iandstone) June 16, 2018
Tense wait now to see if Mark Lawrenson is still using the "......NOT" joke format in 2018— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) June 16, 2018
We go from Danny Murphy to Mark Lawrenson. It's like being run over, then the car reverses and runs over you again.— Jim Fletcher (@jim_fletch) June 16, 2018
Now over to Paul Pogba, whose decisive finish proved the winning goal against Australia. Don't forget his sublime pass to Griezmann before the striker was fouled - earning the penalty which gave the French the lead.
The Manchester United midfielder is always under so much pressure, and in what was a 'safe' performance from Pogba, he still managed to become the most influential player on the pitch. Of course, though, everyone was still against him...
No one will say it, but pogba steps up again 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— Sam Morsy (@sammorsy08) June 16, 2018
Paul Pogba saving France's skin. That'll be Graeme Souness sick for a week.— Hayles (@Hayles_101) June 16, 2018
Pogba scores and my timeline is full of, "Well he's been shit for the full game."— Aidan Stephenson (@MelvinS7ven) June 16, 2018
No mention of any of the other players who've been far worse and absent though. Standard.
The people that judge pogba by goals will be pretty quiet today.— kenna (@kennagq) June 16, 2018
They'll be checking how many tackles he made
" That's what a midfielder is supposed to do "
Three days into the World Cup and somehow, it has lived up to the incredible hype that the last few months have brought. More of the same, please.