World Cup, group D, 1st day
Al Janoub Stadium (Al-Wakrah)
Goals: Rabiot (27th), Giroud (32nd, 71st), Mbappé (68th) for France; Goodwin (9th) for Australia
After a difficult first 25 minutes, the French team assumed their status as reigning world champions against Australia. A 4-1 success thanks to a double from Giroud in particular. However, the Blues lost to injury Lucas Hernandez.
Despite the weak opposition on paper from Australia, the Blues did not start in full confidence with the injuries, the last missed games and the curse of the defending champions which hovered above them. The start of the match did not reassure the pessimists. Leckie made a festival on the right side, eliminated with a hook Lucas Hernandez who injured himself and crossed for Goodwin. The latter shot Lloris at close range to open the scoring. The French team took 20 minutes to come to their senses before Rabiot woke up the French clan. He victoriously took over a cross from Théo Hernandez with a header before benefiting from the French pressing to serve on a Giroud tray. The Australians gave the Blues a scare behind before the break with a header from Irvine on the post and then nothing.
Olivier Giroud equals Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top scorer (51) 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/zCgusC6inG
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France mastered the debates after the break against Socceroos confined to their half of the field. The third goal was very close on a bicycle from Giroud (50th) then on a strike from Griezmann saved on the line by Behich (67th). Finally, happiness came from the air for the men of Didier Deschamps. Mbappé headed in with the help of the post before Giroud did the same three minutes later. The AC Milan striker scored his 51st goal for the French national team, equaling Thierry Henry’s record. Enough to ensure the broad French success 4-1 and allow the Blues to take the lead of their group. With three points, they are ahead of Denmark and Tunisia (one point each). The French will meet the Danes on Saturday at 5 p.m. for their second match, which will surely be harder to maneuver.