7:49 p.m., November 22, 2022modified to
1:45 p.m., November 23, 2022
The French team, reigning world champions, largely beat Australia 4-1 when they entered the World Cup-2022 in Qatar (group D) on Tuesday, thanks to a double from Olivier Giroud, who equals Thierry Henry’s goalscoring record for Les Bleus (51). At the Al Janoub stadium in Al Wakrah, the French were surprised by a goal from Craig Goodwin (9th) during an action on which the French defender Lucas Hernandez injured his right knee on his own and had to give up his place to his brother, Théo, passer on the equalizer of the head of Adrien Rabiot (27th). But Olivier Giroud, author of his 50th and 51st goals in selection (32nd, 71st), and Kylian Mbappé head scorer (68th), gave victory to France, which will play its qualification in 8th on Saturday against Denmark, held 0-0 by Tunisia.
French footballer Wendie Renard, Europe 1 consultant, was delighted with this victory: “It’s a very good understanding from the Blues. There is really something to be confident about for the rest of the competition.” Regarding Olivier Giroud, Wendie Renard says she hopes he will be “the man of this World Cup” for the good of the France team. “He has always worked and managed to turn situations in his favor. He is still a great man, a great gentleman”, she continued at the microphone of Europe 1.
The evolution of the score:
France: Adrien Rabiot (26th), Olivier Giroud (31st, 71st), Kylian Mbappé (68)
Australia: Craig Goodwin (8th)
The final point: FRANCE OUTRACE AUSTRALIA AFTER A COMPLICATED START TO THE MATCH (4-1). The Blues were surprised from the start of the match by the yellows and greens with a goal from Goodwin in the 8th minute. But the valiant tricolor players responded with a double from Olivier Giroud who equaled Thierry Henry’s goal record this evening in the jersey of the France team (51 goals). Kylian Mbappé and Adrien Rabiot also joined the party to offer this victory to the France team.
The point at the 90th : The Blues retain possession of the ball and maintain the score. The game drops in intensity, Jules Koundé and Marcus Thuram will return. Olivier Giroud is replaced and will have all the rest of the competition to become the top scorer in the history of the France team.
The point at the 80th : Didier Deschamps launches Coman and Fofana in place of Dembélé and Tchouaméni, convincing this evening. Australia tries, in vain, to get back in the game like their block positioned a little higher but the Blues resist well. The Blues must therefore remain vigilant.
The point at the 71st: GIRROUUDDDDDDDD!!!!! the 4th goal of the Blues and the double for the striker of the France team!!!! He slams an unstoppable header at the far post on a cross from Mbappé from the left after a fatal acceleration. It is therefore the 51st goal with France for Olivier Giroud who joins Thierry Henry at the top of the ranking of tricolor scorers.
The point at the 68th: BBBUUUTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!! The nugget of the Blues Kylian Mbappé scores with a superb goal from the head after a cross from Ousman Dembélé!!!!! The Blues make the break against Australia and take shelter. This is Mbappé’s 29th goal with France.
The point at the 60th : Deschamps’ players seem clearly superior when they accelerate but still often evolve with restraint like the uninfluential Griezmann. The Blues have set foot on the ball and are looking to create holes in the Australian defense. But for the moment France only keeps a small goal in advance.
The point in the 46th: it’s back between France and Australia, with no change at the break.
The half-time point: The Blues take the lead at the break (2-1) and it is well deserved! After a difficult start to the match and Australia’s opener through Craig Goodwin (8th minute), the Blues reacted quickly thanks to Adrien Rabiot (26th minute) and Olivier Giroud (31st minute). The France team could even have led more widely if it had been more realistic. Dominating, the Blues return to the locker room with 59% possession of the ball against 41% for Australia.
The point at the 45th minute : the Blues show a completely different face for about twenty minutes and deprive the Australians of the ball. The Australians would like to attack in a bid to equalize but their forwards lack support. There will be 6 minutes of added time.
The point at the 40th minute : Didier Deschamps can breathe! After a difficult start, the Blues have moved forward. It is the Australians who are suffering now. They push the ball in disaster in their area and lose it immediately. Kylian Mbappé is having a great night and is putting the Australians in difficulty on the left side.
The point at the 31st minute: BBUUUUUTTTTTTTTT FORRRR LA FRAANNCEEEE! Giroud’s goal!!! 50th goal of Olivier Giroud’s career in blue which allows the Blues to pass! What a magnificent action carried out by Rabiot who will scratch a ball before fixing the goalkeeper to offer the goal to Giroud! 2 to 0! He is only one unit away from Thierry Henry’s record. This is his second goal in the World Cup after the one against Switzerland in 2014.
The point in the 26th minute: BBBUUUTTTTTTTTT!!!!!! Equalization of France!!!!!!!!! Adrien Rabiot takes a header at close range from a cross from Théo Hernandez and smashes the ball into the cages of Ryan. The Blues are getting back on their feet!!!
The point at the 20th minute : The men of Didier Deschamps remain tense and feverish behind. Rabiot commits a fault in midfield. The Blues can’t put the game down and the Australians play the shots perfectly by finding spaces putting the French team in difficulty. The Australians by Duke even almost doubled the bet on a loss of ball from Théo Hernandez. His shot grazes the crossbar.
The point in the 9th minute: GOAL from Australia… The “yellows” opened the scoring against the Blues thanks to a goal from Craig Goodwin. Dominating during the first minutes of the match, the players of Didier Deschamps were surprised by a rapid attack from Australia. The Blues got into their match against Australia well. On this same action Lucas Hernandez seems to be seriously injured … the curse continues for France. It is his brother Theo who replaces him.
Kick-off point : it started between France and Australia. Both teams play in their traditional jerseys: blue for France, yellow for Australia.
The essays :
Australia: Ryan (cap) – Behich – Atkinson – Rowles – Sutar – Mooy – irvine – Mcgree – Goodwin – Leckie – Duke.
Replacements: Redmayne, Vukovic (l), Degenek, Deng, King, Wright, Karacic, Hrustic, DeBaccus, Tilio, MacLaren, Kuol, Devlin, Cummings.
Coach : Graham Arnold.
France : Lloris (cap) – Pavard – Konate – Upamecano – L. Hernandez – Rabiot – Chouameni – O. Dembele – Griezmann – Mbappe – Giroud.
Replacements: Areola, Mandanda (g), Disasi, Varane, Saliba, Koundé, T.Hernandez, Camavinga, Fofana, Guendouzi, Veretout, Coman, M.Thuram, Kolo Muani.
Coach : Didier Deschamps.
Update on Group C : Earlier in the day (2 p.m.), Denmark and Tunisia left in a goalless draw (0-0).
Australia roster update : For their part, the Socceroos opt for a 4-3-3 where Mathew Ryan evolves as the last bastion behind Nathaniel Atkinson, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar and Aziz Behich. Aaron Mooy is placed at the bottom of the midfield with Riley McGree and Jackson Irvine. Finally in front, we find Mathew Leckie, Mitchell Duke and Craig Goodwin in the attacking trio.
Update on the composition of France : The Habs are articulated in a 4-3-3 with Hugo Lloris in the cages behind Benjamin Pavard, Ibrahima Konaté, Dayot Upamecano and Lucas Hernandez. Aurélien Tchouaméni is positioned as a sentinel alongside Antoine Griezmann and Adrien Rabiot. Finally, Ousmane Dembélé and Kylian Mbappé accompany Olivier Giroud in attack.