2022 World Cup: Defending champions France cruise past Australia

2022 World Cup: Defending champions France cruise past Australia

Defending champions France delivered a strong statement of intent by outclassing Australia as Olivier Giroud equalled Thierry Henry’s all-time scoring record for the national group.

France have lost a host of players within the build-up to the event, together with key striker Karim Benzema, however made gentle of these setbacks with an exciting attacking show after going behind.

Craig Goodwin gave the Socceroos a shock early led when he powered dwelling a far-post end after 9 minutes however they then fell victim to France’s firepower led by veteran Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.

Adrien Rabiot’s header put France degree after 27 minutes then he set up Giroud – standing in for Ballon d’Or winner Benzema who sustained thigh injury in coaching – for a easy end 5 minutes later following a superb Mbappe backheel.

Mbappe was a menace all through and acquired his first goal of this World Cup when he headed in Ousmane Dembele’s cross after 68 minutes before turning creator three minutes later.

He delivered the right cross for Giroud to score with a header, equalling Henry’s record of 51 France goals within the process.

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