France fell behind, but then outscored Australia by four goals

France; Australia; Qatar 2022;

2022-11-22 22:15:00

For a while it seemed that the second surprise of the tournament was coming, but then the defending champion made it clear who was better.

The French national team overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat the Australian team 4-1 on Tuesday in the second match of Group D of the World Cup in Qatar, in al-Vakrá.

After their first gold in 1998, the two-time world champions France lost their opening match against Senegal in the 2002 tournament. This time, they started the World Cup for the second time as defending champions, and they quickly fell behind, and Lucas Hernández, who had to be replaced, was injured during the Australian player’s tackle before the goal assist, and was replaced by his younger brother, Theo. The French were set back for a short time by the goal they conceded, but they seized the initiative in the middle of the half and were able to turn it around within five minutes. Olivier Giroud, who scored the second goal, scored for the fiftieth time in a shirt with the crest, and he also became the oldest Frenchman to score at the World Cup, ahead of Zinedine Zidane. Didier Deschamps’ team continued to attack with great momentum, but shortly before the break, the Australians reached the goal post.

The period after the break was characterized by significant French dominance on the field, but fewer chances, but the European team still scored its second and shortly after its third headed goal. With the latter, Giroud equaled Thierry Henry, the all-time leader of the national team’s top scorers.

The last time the Brazilians won their first group game as defending champions was in 2006, and since then neither the Italians, the Spanish nor the Germans have managed to do so.


Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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