Doha – Current champions France defeated Australia in the first match of the World Cup. France won by four goals to one. Adrien Rabiat (27), Kylian Mbappe (68) and Olivier Giroud (32,71) netted for France. Australia conceded four goals after taking the lead through Craig Goodwin in the 9th minute. With a double goal, Giroud joined Thierry Henry in the record of scoring the most goals for France. Both have 51 goals each.
From the start of the game, France has brought out the best attack. Ousmane Dembele’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected by the Australian defense in the second minute. Forward Kylian Mbappe in the fifth minute also missed the mark. Australia’s goal was scored in the 9th minute while trying to retain possession.
After the goal fell, France attacked and scored in the 27th minute through Adrien Rabiat and in the 32nd minute through Olivier Giroud. Giroud’s 50th goal for France was scored in the 27th minute against Australia. At the end of the first half, France was leading in possession, shots and passes. French fans were disappointed when Kylian Mbappe missed the chance to score in the 43rd minute.
From the start of the second half, France was in complete control of the game. The French attackers and the Australian defense clashed constantly. Kylian Mbappe, who missed many good chances in the second half, scored in the 68th minute. France scored the third goal of the match assisted by Dembele. Giroud scored the second goal in the 71st minute.
First goal in 9th minute: A beautiful goal created by Matthew Lucky and Craig Goodwin from Australia. Lucky Low crossed the ball past defender Lucas Herhands and into the French goal for Goodwin. Craig Goodwin scored Australia’s first goal at the Qatar World Cup without making any mistakes.
French Mediator: When Australia stunned by taking the unexpected lead, France stepped up their attacks. In the 27th minute, Australia defended the French player Antoine Griezmann’s corner kick. French player Theo Hernandez brings the ball back into the box. Adrien Rabiat’s header went past the Australian goalkeeper and into the net.
Record, Giroud Goal: France took the lead in the game after 32 minutes after scoring an equalizing goal five minutes later. Rabiat, who scored the first goal, cut the ball back and Oliver Giroud put it into the net without any pressure. With this, Giroud became the oldest European player to score a goal in the World Cup. The actor is currently 36 years old. In terms of age, Giroud surpassed Georges Bregi, who scored a goal for Switzerland in 1994.
Mbappe aims to: Even when veteran Giroud scored, youngster Mbappe missed many chances in the first and second half. In the 68th minute, Mbappe headed in Dembele’s cross to secure the first goal in Qatar.
Giroud’s second goal: Giroud’s second goal was scored in the 71st minute. Giroud’s goal was scored when he headed in Mbappe’s cross from the left wing. After scoring the fourth goal, France won the first World Cup. With the second goal in the game, Giroud also became France’s top scorer along with Thierry Henry.
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