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Olivier Giroud scored twice to become France’s joint goalscorer as they battled back to put Australia in the upper hand, opening their World Cup defense with a 4-1 win in Group D on Third, this has silenced the curse of the holders.

Australia took a spectacular lead at Al Janoub Stadium when Craig Goodwin put in a superb pass from Mathew Leckie’s cross in the ninth minute, but France equalized when Adrien Rabiot headed home and Giroud’s touch took the ball. they took the lead at halftime.

Kylian Mbappe’s fine header in the 68th minute, followed by Giroud’s 51st goal three minutes later, put him on par with Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading goalscorer.

French coach Didier Deschamps’ side, who led Group D after rivals Denmark and Tunisia drew 0-0 earlier on Tuesday, ended a string of poor starts for the club. World Cup Holders after the previous three – Italy, Spain and Germany – were all unable to win the opening match.



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