Olivier Giroud’s brace fired reigning champions, France to a comeback 4-1 victory over Australia in Group D at 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Craig Goodwin unexpectedly fired Australia forward within the ninth minute after he met Matthew Leckie’s cross on a fast assault.
Adrien Rabiot headed France stage within the twenty seventh minute earlier than he turned supplier 5 minutes later, as he teed up Giroud to place the Les Bleus forward within the thirty second minute.
Second-half headers from Kylian Mbappe and Giroud within the 68th and 71st minutes respectively wrapped up victory for the reigning champions, who now sit prime of Group D.
Denmark and Tunisia sit second and third respectively within the group after they contested a goalless draw at Training Metropolis Staium, Al-Rayyan.
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Reigning champions, France made a fast begin however the first probability fell to Australia within the third minute as Riley McGree fired broad of the bottom-left nook from 25 yards.
Australia although defended nicely within the opening phases and bought their reward six minutes later as Harry Souttar performed lengthy to Matthew Leckie on the appropriate, with the Melbourne Metropolis winger teeing a low cross throughout the field for Goodwin to lash into the top-right nook.
Mitchell Duke then missed an opportunity to double the Socceroos’ lead within the twenty second minute, having rifled over from 25 yards after he intercepted Theo Hernandez’s backpass.
France nevertheless refused to relent of their high-pressing which paid off 5 minutes later, as Rabiot headed in an equalising objective from Hernandez’s return cross into the field from a nook gained by Antoine Griezmann.
Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus then constructed shortly upon their equaliser as Giroud put a twenty ninth minute header broad, however atoned minutes later as he fired the defending champions forward, courtesy of Rabiot’s move after the Juventus midfielder had mixed with Mbappe into the field.
Giroud, Ousmane Demble, Griezmann and Mbappe then all wasted possibilities as France completed the first-half on prime, while McGree missed an opportunity to tug Australia stage on the break after heading broad within the second minute of damage time from Jackson Irvine’s cross.
After half-time, Australia got here out on the entrance foot and even gained an early nook which got here to nothing as Griezmann made a snug headed clearance.
France from then on started to grab management of the sport as Giroud bicycle-kicked a fiftieth minute effort broad from Hernandez’s cross, earlier than he performed a part of an one-two transfer with Mbappe into the field 11 minutes however the latter fired over the bar.
Griezmann then noticed his 67th minute shot cleared off the road after having collected Hernandez’s pullback, but France prolonged their lead one minute later as Dembele teed up Mbappe to move in from shut vary.
Giroud finally wrapped up victory within the 71st minute as he smashed a header in from Mbappe’s completely direct cross to clinch his second objective, which noticed him transfer joint-top of France’s goalscoring charts with Thierry Henry on 51 targets apiece.
France finally ran out a 4-1 comeback win regardless of having completed in agency management amidst a collection of spectacular saves from Matthew Ryan to disclaim them additional targets.
France will now meet Denmark at 7pm AST on Saturday 26 November, while Australia face Tunisia at 1pm AST on the identical date.
Saudi Shock In Group C
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Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia despatched shockwaves via the world as early second-half targets from Saleh Al Shehri and Salem Al Dawsari shocked Argentina in a comeback 2-1 win to prime Group C, after the two-time champions had led via Lionel Messi’s tenth minute penalty.
Mexico in the meantime sit second forward of Poland after the pair drew 0-0 at Stadium 974 in Doha.
France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Ibrahima Konate, Lucas Hernandez (T Hernandez 13′), Adrien Rabiot, Aurelien Tchouameni (Fofana 77′), Ousmane Dembele (Coman 77′), Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud
Substitutes: Axel Disasi, Raphael Varane, Jules Kounde, Matteo Guendouzi, Randal Kolo Muani, Youssouf Fofana, Jordan Veretout, Steve Mandanda, William Saliba, Kingsley Coman, Theo Hernandez, Alphonse Areola, Eduardo Camavinga, Marcus Thuram
Australia: Matthew Ryan, Nathaniel Atkinson (Degenek 85′), Harry Souttar, Kye Rowles, Aziz Behich, Aaron Mooy, Craig Goodwin (Kuol 74′), Riley McGree (Mabil 73′), Jackson Irvine (Baccus 85′), Matthew Leckie, Mitchell Duke (Cummings 56′)
Substitutes: Milos Degenek, Fran Karacic, Marco Tilio, Bailey Wright, Jamie Maclaren, Ajdin Hrustic, Awer Mabil, Andrew Redmayne, Cameron Devlin, Danny Vukovic, Thomas Deng, Garang Kuol, Joel King, Jason Cummings, Keanu Baccus
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)