Defending champions France beat Australia in a 4-1 win at the World Cup

Defending champions France got off to a glittering start to their World Cup journey after beating Australia 4-1 on Tuesday.

The game started with an Australian lead after Craig Goodwin scored in the ninth minute.

The tide turned in France’s favor shortly after, however, as French midfielder Adrien Rabiot equalized with a powerful header in the 27th minute and moments later set up Giroud’s opening goal.

The success of the French showed that the team can do without their star striker. In Karim Benzema’s absence, Kylian MbappĂ© scored and set up the second of Olivier Giroud’s two goals, helping ‘Les Bleus’ win over ‘Socceroos’.

Giroud’s 71st-minute header has seen him equal Thierry Henry’s national record of 51 goals – a record he could break when France take on Denmark on Saturday.

“It’s not just about chasing records, it’s about what he always does on the pitch,” said team coach Didier Deschamps. “He is a very important player for us.”

In reaction to France’s victory, Australia coach Graham Arnold praised the strength of the opposing side, who are ranked fourth in the world by FIFA.

“They are world champions for a reason,” he said. “We did well in the first half, but we lost our legs a bit in the second half.”

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