France began the campaign to defend its title as world champion, with a deserved victory over its counterpart Australia, by four goals to one, on Tuesday, in the fourth group competitions of the current World Cup held in Qatar.
The start of the meeting at Al Janoub Stadium was a surprise, with the Australian national team advancing with an early goal scored by Greg Godin in the 9th minute, investing in a cross from Matthew Allan, who followed it powerfully, out of reach of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The surprise goal put the French in a state of lack of focus, before midfielder Adrien Rabiot returned his teammates to the atmosphere of the match with the goal of equalizing in the 27th minute with a beautiful header after a pass from Theo Hernandez.
Only 5 minutes passed until the “blue rooster” team turned the score in their favor with a second goal, signed by striker Olivier Giroud, who turned a pass given to him by Rabiot from the right side of the Australian defense.
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The French national team continued its dominance in the second half and added a third goal in the 68th minute, following a ball raised by Osman Dembele into the Australian penalty area, and Kylian Mbappe rose to it and turned it with his head to hug the net.
With the 71st minute, Mbappe penetrated the right side of the Australian defense, then sent a ball that Giroud received with another header, from which he scored the second goal for him and the fourth for his country, equaling the number of his compatriot Thierry Henry as the best scorer for the French national team in history with 51 goals.
Thus, France topped the rankings with 3 points, followed by Tunisia and Denmark in the second and third places, with one point each, while Australia occupies the fourth and last place with zero points.