After starting the game slowly and giving up an early goal, eventual World Cup champions France found their mojo and goals, crushing Australia, 4-1. even without Karim Benzema injured France’s attacking talent, led by two goals from Olivier Giroud and a Kylian Mbappe goal, was too much for the French national team.
Before they even started playing, however, France were stunned by Australia, one of the least favored teams in the tournament. In just two passes in the ninth minute, Australia split the French defense apart, first with a long forward pass to winger Matthew Leckie, then an inch-perfect cross across the penalty area to Craig Goodwin, who struck the first shot.
Australia created a few chances, but France controlled the ball and fired 23 shots into the Australian goal. France leveled things up in the 27th minute, when Adrien Rabiot slotted home a superb volley from Theo Hernandez and took the lead five minutes later when Giroud scored from the penalty spot following an Australian turn.
France scored two more goals 20 minutes into the second half. Mbappe, after several missed chances, headed in a cross from Ousmane Dembele, and also played as a provider for Jiro’s second goal.
The only bad news for France was their continued injury struggles: left-back Lucas Hernandez went down early with a non-contact knee injury and had to be substituted.
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