LIVE. France-Australia (2-1): Giroud gives the advantage to the Blues

Half time:

Lively first period tonight between France and Australia. The game had however started badly for the Blues, with the opener of the score of Craig Goodwin and the injury of Lucas Hernandez from the 9th minute. Adrien Rabiot sounded the revolt with an equalizer then a decisive pass for Olivier Giroud half an hour into the game.


Half time:

It’s the break in this part! The French team leads 2 to 1 against Australia.

45+5 mins. :

Ousmane Dembélé goes at full speed in counter-attack but is caught by three opponents. He ends up recovering the ball and the Blues calm the game.



45+4 mins. :

New additional time to extend in this World Cup, with 6 extra minutes canceled by the fourth referee.


45+2 mins. – Opportunity for Australia:

The post for the Socceroos! McGree escapes on the left and crosses at the end of the race towards Irvine at the penalty spot. The Australian’s helmet crashes into the right upright of Hugo Lloris, who hadn’t moved!



45 mins. – Opportunity for France:

Mbappé misses the ball 3 to 1! Superb opening from Upamecano in depth for Griezmann on the right. The Madrid striker crosses in front of the goal towards Kylian Mbappé, alone at 6 meters, who misses his recovery!


43 mins. :

Griezmann! Dembélé eliminates Behich again on the right and finds Mbappé in the box. The number 10 sends a backheel for Antoine Griezmann 20 yards from goal, who takes his chance in first intention. His provisional misses the goal!



41 mins. :

The French have more than 60% possession of the ball for 8 shots in this first period, while Australia shot 3 times.


39 mins. :

The Blues are now calm. Tchouaméni gets rid of Duke’s pressing with a dribble while he was in front of his surface.


37 mins. :

Giroud! Dembélé is on fire on his right wing and passes in front of his opponent to send a center low to the ground behind. Mbappé first sees his counter attempt before Giroud takes the ball back from the right. His shot goes over!


36 mins. :

Superb collective sequence of the men of Didier Deschamps with this shift for Mbappé on the left. The Parisian tries to find Giroud behind but Griezmann hinders his partner and loses the ball.



34 mins. :

Olivier Giroud is registered his 50th but with the French team and is only a short length from Thierry Henry’s record.



32 mins. – But for France:

The French team goes ahead! Rabiot recovers a ball in the opposing camp and uses Kylian Mbappé’s heel to enter the area. The Juventus player comes in front of Ryan and finds Giroud behind, who concludes in the empty goal!


31 mins. :

Upamecano breaks a line with this central pass for Griezmann. The Atlético player tries to find Mbappé in the area but misses his transmission.


29 mins. :

This equalizer gave the Blues some training! Giroud rises higher than everyone this time on a cross from Griezmann from the left but his helmet shot does not find the frame.



27 mins. – But for France:

Adrien Rabiot equalizes! Théo Hernandez recovers the ball at the left corner of the surface on a French corner. His diving cross finds the head of the midfielder of Juventus, which deceives Ryan!


25 mins. :

Big defensive intervention by Souttar on Kylian Mbappé while the French striker had passed in front of Irvine. The Socceroos hold firm in defense.


23 mins. :

Mbappé still spins alone on the left wing and tries to erase two defenders to enter the dangerous zone. He is picked up by Atkinson.



21 mins. – Opportunity for Australia:

Another opportunity for Australia! Theo Hernandez loses a dangerous ball in front of his surface and Duke takes the opportunity to recover it. He continues with a heavy strike from the right which passes right next to the skylight of Lloris!


19 mins. :

Dembélé accelerates on the right, transplants in the axis and combines with Mbappé to try to enter the Australian surface. The Barcelona winger is taken over by Souttar.


17 mins. :

Aurélien Tchouaméni tries once again to launch Mbappé with a long ball from his camp. This time, his transmission lacks precision and ends up in the arms of the opposing goalkeeper.


15 minutes. :

Good deep ball from Tchouaméni for Kylian Mbappé on the left. Number 10 gets on his right foot and crosses hard in front of the but no teammate is present to regain the ball.



13 mins. – Change :

First change for the Blues in a game that started very badly. Injured, Lucas Hernández is replaced by his brother Theo.



11 mins. :

Lucas Hernandez hurt himself on goal action. Double trouble for the Blues, who will lose their left side.



09 mins. – But for Australia:

Australia open the scoring! On a long ball from his defense, Leckie eliminates Lucas Hernandez and can cross from the right side. He finds Goodwin at the far post, who comes to close at close range!


07 mins. :

Antoine Griezmann and his teammates press high and prevent their opponents from coming out cleanly. France entered their game well.


05 mins. :

The Blues put their foot on the ball. Superb cross from Konaté for Mbappé on the left side. The Parisian accelerates on his wing, passes in front of his opposite but is taken back before being able to enter the surface.


03 mins. :

First Australian strike with this attempt by McGree in the center 25 meters from goal. Its provisional misses.


02 min. :

First acceleration of Dembélé on the right wing. The Barcelonan deposits Behich and finds Mbappé at the far post. The snapshot a corner that gives nothing.



01 min. :

Let’s go in this game! The Blues kick off the game!

00 mins. :

The 22 protagonists make their entrance on the lawn of the Al-Janoub stadium. National anthems hold back!


00 mins. :

South African referee Victor Gomes will lead the game.

00 mins. :

Australia starting XI: Mathew Ryan, Aziz Behich, Kye Rowles, Harry Souttar, Nathaniel Atkinson, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Leckie, Jackson Irvine, Riley McGree, Craig Goodwin, Mitchell Duke.


00 mins. :

The composition of the Blues in 4-2-3-1: Hugo Lloris, Lucas Hernández, Ibrahima Konaté, Dayot Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot, Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Olivier Giroud.



00 mins. :

All competitions combined, the Socceroos remain on 5 games without defeat (4 wins, 1 draw). Prior to this series, Australia had won just one of their seven World Cup qualifiers.


00 mins. :

The Australian group has changed a lot since the last edition. Exit Tim Cahill, top scorer in the selection, and make way for young people with the arrival of young Garang Kuol, 18, a new nugget of Australian football who joined Newcastle in January 2023.


00 mins. :

For its part, Australia will celebrate its 6th participation in a final phase of the World Cup after 1974, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. Graham Arnold’s team qualified through the play-offs by coming to end of Peru on penalties (0-0).


00 mins. :

A lucky opponent for France? The last time the Blues faced Australia at a World Cup opener, they won the competition. In June 2018, Antoine Griezmann’s partners won in pain against the “Socceroos” (2-1).


00 mins. :

Kylian Mbappé and his teammates will play the World Cup without Karim Benzema, Ballon d’Or 2022. Hit in the thigh, the Real Madrid striker withdrew last Saturday and was not replaced by the coach. Christopher Nkunku and Presnel Kimpembe also left the group, replaced by Randal Kolo Muani and Axel Disasi. Injured, N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba are also among the major absentees from Deschamps’ list.



00 mins. :

More recently, the men of Didier Deschamps encountered a complicated period. The French team has won only one of its last 6 games and has not gone far from relegation to the Nations League (3 losses, 2 draws).



00 mins. :

The Blues finished in first place in their group during the qualifying phase of the World Cup, undefeated with 5 wins for 3 draws.


00 mins. :

The French team enters the lists! The reigning world champions challenge Australia for their first match of this 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Kick-off at 8 p.m. at the Al-Janoub stadium.

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