France FA complain to FIFA over Antoine Griezmann's disallowed goal in 1-0 loss to Tunisia

Les Bleus won Group C in spite of the defeat
Les Bleus won Group C in spite of the defeat

The French Football Federation (FFF) have asked FIFA for an explanation over Antoine Griezmann's disallowed goal in France's 1-0 loss to Tunisia at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, reports Le Parisien.

The Atletico Madrid star appeared to have equalized for Les Bleus in stoppage time but the goal was ultimately chalked off for an offside play in the buildup following a VAR review.

That led to a victory for the north African team which was their biggest win in the competition but missed out on a spot in the round of 16 after Australia beat Denmark in the other game.

FFF, the French football's governing body, is now demanding clarification on the decision, as the match was allowed to continue after that, although the rules state otherwise.

The IFAB, the authority that dictates the laws of the game, indicates that a VAR check over a goal cannot take place after the game has resumed.

Regardless of the outcome, France won Group D with six points, courtesy of a better goal difference than Australia, who also ended up with six points in three games.

The reigning world champions will now face Poland, the runners-up of Group C, in their round of 16 clash on Sunday, 4 December.

Tunisia, despite their memorable win against France yesterday, will go home after only securing third place. It is the sixth time they have gone out in the group stages of the World Cup.

France pay the price for heavy rotation

Although the defeat will go down in their history as a mere footnote, France saw their nine-game unbeaten run at the World Cup end in limp fashion.

Head coach Didier Deschamps opted to make big changes by putting all his key starting players on the bench and giving the reserves a chance to prove themselves in Qatar.

The ploy backfired with Les Bleus looking second-best to Tunisia from the off, while the introduction of first-teamers in the second half didn't help much either.

To be fair to Deschamps, he had one eye on the last-16 clash and rotated his team heavily to give his key players a rest before the knockout stages.

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