World Cup Group D match between France and Australia taking place in Qatar. France are the defending champions as they won in Russia four years ago.

Earlier, Craig Goodwin gave the Socceroos a shock lead but the World Champions avoided any potential upset. The win means France goes to the top of Group D.

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As it Happened:

It was a shocking start to the match as Australia took an early lead in the 9th minute. Matthew Leckie’s low cross was met on the far post by Craig Goodwin, who rifled it past Hugo Lloris at the France goal to open the scoring for the Socceroos. Lucas Hernandez was then substituted due to an injury as he was replaced by his brother Theo.

But France equalised before the half-hour mark through Adrien Rabiot, whose header brought the Champions back into the match. He rose highest after the Socceroos switched off after an initial clearance from a corner. Minutes after, Olivier Giroud gave the French the lead from a Rabiot pass.

Olivier Giroud is now France’s joint top goal-scorer

Kylian Mbappe had the chance to double their lead but blazed his shot over from close range. At the break, it was the Champions with a slender lead as they controlled the game after a shocking start.

Kylian Mbappe and Giroud added one each in the second half as France came away 4-1 victorious in the first match. The win means the French are the first defending champions to win their first group match in 16 years.

France vs Australia Lineup:

France: Lloris; Pavard (Kounde), Konate, Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez (Theo Hernandez); Rabiot, Tchouameni (Fofana); Dembele (Coman), Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud (Thuram)

Australia: Ryan; Atkinson (Degenek), Souttar, Rowles, Behich; Irvine (Baccus), Mooy, McGree (Mabil); Leckie, Duke (Cummings), Goodwin (Kuol)


France will be up against Denmark in their next match on 26th November while Australia takes on Tunisia earlier on the same day.

Key Stats:

  • This was two goals in the last three appearances for Adrien Rabiot who scored only once in the previous 27.
  • Olivier Giroud scored the 50th and 51st goal for France. He is just one away from becoming the leading goalscorer for France. He won 75% of aerial duels.
  • Dayot Upamecano completed 114 passes with 95% accuracy. He also made 8 accurate long passes making with winning 5 ground duels in the match.
  • Ousmane Dembele completed most dribbles in the match with 3.