November 22, 2022 World Cup coverage

French teammates celebrate after the game against Australia on November 22. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

After a slow start, France turned in a dominant performance as Les Bleus dispatched the Socceroos 4–1.

Australia struck first as Craig Goodwin scored in the 9th minute to give the underdogs a surprising 1–0 lead.

France reacted in the 26th minute. Adrien Rabiot found the back of the net with an equalizer. And five minutes later, Les Bleus took the lead as Rabiot fired a ball to striker Oliver Giroud that made it 2-1 for France.

In the second half it was all France.

After coming close on several occasions, French striker Kylian Mbappé finally scored in the 67th minute to give his team a 3–1 lead.

Just three minutes later, Giroud found the net again to give France a comfortable 4–1 lead. After being held scoreless at the 2018 World Cup, the French striker put away two in France’s opening match of the tournament.

Giroud now commits Thierry Henry to become France’s all-time joint goalscorer at the age of 51.

With three points after the victory, France is at the top of Group D.

Next for France is Denmark on Saturday. Australia takes on Tunisia.

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