France striker, Olivier Giroud, equalled Thierry Henry’s all-time targets document for France on Tuesday, after scoring a brace of their 4-1 win over Australia of their Group D opener.

Craig Goodwin opened the scoring within the ninth minute and gave the Socceroos a shock lead.

However the defending champions quickly roared to life and by half-time had the lead after Adrien Rabiot after which Giroud scored within the area of 5 minutes.

Two extra fast fireplace targets got here halfway via the second half. Kylian Mbappe introduced himself to the event along with his first purpose in Qatar earlier than establishing Giroud to move in his 51st purpose for his nation three minutes later.

Les Bleus are the primary defending champions to win their opening match since Brazil in 2006, which has already put them in good place to advance from the group section, one thing Italy in 2010, Spain in 2014 and Germany in 2018 didn’t do.

The consequence places France prime of the group, forward of Denmark and Tunisia following their goalless draw earlier within the day. It is going to even be a major increase for coach Didier Deschamps and his facet after the buildup to the protection of the title they received in Russia in 2018 was dominated by harm absences.


Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was the most recent and largest of these absentees, following an harm suffered in coaching on Saturday, becoming a member of a protracted checklist that already included Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

However there have been spectacular performances for those who took their place as France confirmed they won’t relinquish their trophy calmly.

It was not fairly the beginning France have been anticipating in Al-Wakrah, nonetheless.

Goodwin smacked the ball into the roof of the online from Mathew Leckie’s cross from the correct, leaving Lucas Hernandez holding his proper knee after being crushed to the ball.

Hernandez’s brother Theo got here on instead and France continued to wrestle to create area, with solely Mbappe threatening on his left flank.

Australia have been rather more direct, taking advantage of Les Bleus’s non-existent midfield.

It was, nonetheless, Rabiot who levelled within the twenty seventh, leaving his marker behind to move residence from Hernandez’s cross.

With Mbappe transferring extra centrally, the Australia defence had another downside to take care of and that was clear when the Paris Saint-Germain ahead’s again heel inside the realm was collected by Rabiot, who slid the ball throughout for Giroud to faucet in.

They performed extra freely from then on, with Antoine Griezmann’s low shot going simply extensive and Mbappe skying his try over the bar as he raced to satisfy Griezmann’s cross from the correct.

Australia saved France on their toes and got here shut shortly earlier than halftime when Jackson Irvine’s header grazed Hugo Lloris’ right-hand publish after a rebound.

Mbappe impact

Mbappe precipitated extra chaos early within the second half however couldn’t fairly discover the breakthrough, till he silenced the Australian followers, who within the first half have been shouting ‘Who’re you?’ at him, with a glancing header within the 68th minute.

Three minutes later, Giroud headed residence from Mbappe’s cross earlier than falling on his again in obvious disbelief and being surrounded by his staff mates in a purpose celebration that lasted longer than ordinary, giving an exhilarating really feel to France’s win.

It took Giroud, who owed his place within the beginning lineup to Benzema’s absence, 115 worldwide appearances to attain his 51 targets, whereas Henry wanted 123 from 1997-2010.

There have been extra possibilities for France via Hernandez and Ibrahima Konate however the consequence was satisfying sufficient, allowing for that in 2002 the defence of their title began with a 1-0 loss to Senegal and was adopted by a first-round exit

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