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 grow to be his nation’s joint file purpose 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 purpose, with Craig Goodwin side-footing the ball into the highest nook.
The underdogs would little doubt 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 making an attempt to dam the cross that led to the primary purpose, France couldn’t have requested for a worse begin.
However Hernandez’s brother Theo took his place in France’s defensive position, and fewer than twenty minutes later was instrumental in organising Adrien Rabiot’s first purpose for Les Blues – snuffing out Australia’s early confidence.
5 minutes later, with a bit 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 purpose on account of a wonderful 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 publish.
France continued to dominate within the second half, and Kylian Mbappe lastly discovered his purpose within the 67th minute – earlier than, 5 minutes later, breaking down the left and placing in a cross headed dwelling 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 event. France have already got.