FIFA World Cup 2022: Holders France crush Australia 4-1


Formerly France set up their range, they were infectious.

The injury-devastated defending titleholders had seen Argentina being upset just hours before in their opening match of the World Cup. Then, at the Al Janoub Stadium, designed in the shape of Qatar’s traditional dhow boats, they were battling to avoid another against an Australian side that sounded buoyed by Saudi Arabia’s stunning palm over Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

While the Saudis had come from before in their 2-1 palm, Australia had taken the lead in the Group ‘D’ clash against Didier Deschamps’ side in the ninth nanosecond; Craig Goodwin firing in a fizzling cross from Matthew Leckie.

Leckie’s turn before that cross had floored Lucas Hernandez — the left-reverse, one of six members in the starting lineup that had started the World Cup final in Moscow four times agone, twisting his knee and adding to France’s injury straits.

Injuries also burgled France of their midfield chine comprising Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante but Adrien Rabiot stepped up in Al Janoub, showing the riches Deschamps has at his disposal.

His towering title off a cross from Theo Hernandez — on for his family Lucas — leveled matters in the 27th and five twinkles latterly, he set up Olivier Giroud for a valve-heft.

France was in full inflow and Kylian Mbappe, the rout star of the last World Cup, added a third in the 68th when he headed in Ousmane Dembele’s cross before he handed the cross that Giroud powered in three twinkles latterly to move position on 51 pretensions with Thierry Henry as France’s top goalscorer.

France began their crusade in Russia with a 2-1 palm against Australia. In Qatar, they’ve done indeed more.

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