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France 4-1 Australia: Giroud equals Henry record as Bleus make perfect World Cup start

Olivier Giroud at France
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France smashed Australia in their World Cup opener with a brilliant attacking display.

France defeated Australia 4-1 in their World Cup game on Tuesday. Olivier Giroud equalled Thierry Henry’s record as France’s all-time top scorer as the title defenders made a strong start to the tournament.

No Benzema, no problem!

France kicked off their World Cup campaign without Karim Benzema, who missed the tournament with a thigh injury.

Australia stunned the World champions with a quick opener in the ninth minute. But Les Bleus then managed to find their attacking rhythm and start attacking from both flanks.

A goal from Adrien Rabiot equalized the game in the 27th minute before Giroud completed France’s comeback five minutes later.

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France restarted their attacks as soon as the second period started. Australia remained inside their own half but couldn’t prevent Kylian Mbappe from adding his name to the scoresheet.

A perfect cross from Ousmane Dembele found the Paris Saint-Germain star, who smashed the ball home with a powerful header.

Shortly afterwards, Giroud completed his brace, making it 4-1 for his side. In addition to equaling Henry’s record, Giroud also registered France’s first World Cup win with more than three goals.

Deschamps’ side had more than a few chances to extend their lead but eventually settled for the 4-1 win. Both sides will return to action on Saturday. Giroud and co will take on Denmark while Australia meet Tunisia.