Olivier Giroud stood out for the French national team with two accurate shots, who has overtaken the record holder Thierry Henry in the list of the best scorers of the national team – both scored 51 goals. Adrián Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe once again beat the Australians, but Craig Goodwin scored for the Australian national team.
In the ninth minute of the game, after a long and diagonal pass, the ball was received by Matthew Leckie, who passed to the front of the goal, from where Goodwin shot accurately. Leckie was able to make a free pass because Lucas Hernandez was unable to stop the opponent due to an injury, and Benjamin Pavar played carelessly in defense.
In the 27th minute of the match, after a corner kick with the second wave of the attack, passing the ball to his brother Theo, who replaced Luca Hernandez in the penalty area, he hit Rabio with his head without mistake – 1:1. Five minutes later, after the Australians made a defensive mistake, France played to an empty net and Giroud sent the ball home from Rabiot’s pass.
During first-half stoppage time, Mbappé hit the ball over the goal from close range and missed the chance to give his team the lead. Moments later, Jackson Irvine hit the post for the second goal.
In the fifth minute of the second half, Giroud made an acrobatic jump, but the ball he sent flew into the net. In the middle of the half, in the 68th minute, after Usman Dembele’s pass, Mbappe jumped between two defenders and sent the ball into the net – 3:1.
Three minutes later, after Mbappe’s header, Giroud sent the ball into the goal, making it 4-1 for “Les Bleus”. With this shot, Giroud joined Henri in the list of the best goal scorers of the French national team, and with the next goal, or the 52nd goal, he will become the only record holder of the national team.
Before that, in this group, Denmark and Tunisia fought to a goalless draw 0:0 (0:0).
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France national team: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard (Giles Cundet, 89 min.), Lucas Hernandez (Theo Hernandez, 13 min.), Ibrahima Conate, Dayo Upamecano, Oreljan Tshuameni (Yussuf Fofana, 77 min.), Adrien Rabiot, Ousmane Dembele (Kingsley Coman, 77th min.), Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud (Marcus Thiram, 89th min.).
Australia squad: Matthew Ryan, Nathaniel Atkinson (Milos Degenek, 85 min.), Harry Soutar, Ky Rawls, Aziz Behich, Riley McGree (Avers Mabil, 73 min.), Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine (Kianu Backus, 85 min.) , Matthew Leckie, Mitchell Duke (Jason Cummings, 56 min.) Craig Godwin (Garang Kuol, 74 min.).
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