November 22, 2022 World Cup coverage

France teammates celebrate after their match against Australia on November 22.
France teammates celebrate after their match against Australia on November 22. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

After a slow start, France put in a dominating performance as Les Bleus beat the Socceroos 4–1.

Australia scored first when Craig Goodwin scored in the ninth minute to give the underdogs a surprising 1–0 lead.

France replied in the 26th minute. Adrien Rabiot found the back of the net with the equaliser. And five minutes later, Les Bleus took the lead as Rabiot passed the ball to striker Olivier Giroud who made it 2–1 to France.

In the second half it was all France.

After coming close on several occasions, French forward Kylian Mbappe finally scored in the 67th minute to give his side a 3–1 lead.

Just three minutes later, Giroud found the net again to give France a 4–1 lead. After going scoreless in World Cup 2018, the French forward took two wickets in France’s opening match of the tournament.

Giroud has now joined Thierry Henry as France’s joint all-time goalscorer at the age of 51.

With this win, France are on top of Group D with three points.

Next up for France is Denmark on Saturday. Australia will face Tunisia.

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