France Start World Cup Defence With Australia Thrashing

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AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Olivier Giroud of France celebrates with Kylian Mbappe after scoring their teams fourth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
AL WAKRAH, QATAR - NOVEMBER 22: Olivier Giroud of France celebrates with Kylian Mbappe after scoring their teams fourth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium on November 22, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Reigning world champions France opened their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with a 4-1 thrashing of Australia on Tuesday night.

2022 FIFA World Cup

Report: France 4-1 Australia

Date: 22 November 2022

Venue:  Al Janoub Stadium

Didier Deschamps went for Ibrahim Konate and Dayot Upamecano in the central defence for the World Champions, while Olivier Giroud joined joined Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in the attack.

The Socceroos got off to the perfect start after opening the scoring in the ninth minute, with Chris Goodwin turned home Matthew Leckie's cross at the far post.

The lead was nearly doubled in the 21st minute when Theo Hernandez, who replaced his brother Lucas, gifted the ball to Mitchell Duke, who took one touch before rifling one just over the crossbar.

The French did manage to get back on level terms when Hernandez' superb cross found Adrien Rabiot, who guided his header into the far corner for his first goal in the tournament.

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The turnaround was complete in the 31st minute when France pounced on Australia's failure to play out from the back, with Giroud turning home Rabiot's cross for his 50th goal for the national side.

The Socceroos were nearly back on level terms just before the interval, with Jackson Irvine rattling the upright with a free header at the far post.

The world champions continued to dominate in the second half and could have been further ahead, with Giroud squandering a big chance from eight years before Mbappe saw his close-range strike deflected out on the hour mark.

Mbappe got his reward seven minutes later with a close-range finish to open his account after some good work from Ousmane Dembele down the right flank.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward then turned provider a minute later when raced to the byline and lifted a cross into the box, where Giroud was on hand to head home to become the joint-leading scorer for France with 51 goals.

With France comfortably leading, Deschamps opted for a couple changes in the closing stages as Dembele and Aurelien Tchouameni made way for Youssouf Fofana and Kingsley Coman.

The French did have a couple more sights at goal in the latter stages, with substitute Marcus Thuram going close with a header, but 4-1 was how the encounter ended as the defending champions start on a high.

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