France got here again from an early scare to place 4 previous the Socceroos, with Giroud grabbing two.
French striker Olivier Giroud scored twice to turn into his nation’s joint file objective scorer, as France opened their World Cup defence with a 4-1 Group D win over Australia.
Australia’s Socceroos had shocked the world champions by scoring a ninth-minute objective, with Craig Goodwin side-footing the ball into the highest nook.
The underdogs would little question have drawn inspiration from this morning’s shock defeat of Argentina by Saudi Arabia.
With French full again Lucas Hernandez limping off after being injured whereas trying to dam the cross that led to the primary objective, France couldn’t have requested for a worse begin.
However Hernandez’s brother Theo took his place in France’s line of defense, and fewer than twenty minutes later was instrumental in establishing Adrien Rabiot’s first objective for Les Blues – snuffing out Australia’s early confidence.
5 minutes later, with a bit of greater than half an hour on the clock, Giroud, who at 36 turned France’s oldest participant in World Cup historical past, discovered himself with a near-empty objective because of a superb French press.
France took the lead and by no means appeared again.
An opportunity for Australia within the dying moments of the primary half, coming towards the run of play, rattled off the submit.
France continued to dominate within the second half, and Kylian Mbappe lastly discovered his objective within the 67th minute – earlier than, 5 minutes later, breaking down the left and placing in a cross headed residence by Giroud for France’s fourth. Giroud is now tied with Thierry Henry on 51 objectives for France.
Australia could have extra probabilities to make their mark on this match. France have already got.