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World Cup holders France ink Australia

France’s forward #09 Olivier Giroud (L) celebrates with France’s forward #10 Kylian Mbappe (C) and France’s defender #22 Theo Hernandez after he scored during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group D football match between France and Australia at the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah, south of Doha, (Photo: AFP)

Holders France have recovered from a goal down to beat Australia 4-1 and get their defence of the World Cup off to a winning start Tuesday.

According to AFP, Australia took a shock lead at Al Janoub Stadium with the game just nine minutes old when Craig Goodwin scored.

France, whose build-up to the tournament was marred by injuries, saw left-back Lucas Hernandez come off hurt in the move that led to that goal.

However, they recovered to equalise through Adrien Rabiot before Giroud put them ahead with an easy finish in the 32nd minute for his 50th international goal.

Kylian Mbappe got his name on the scoresheet in the second half and Giroud sealed the win to equal Henry’s record tally of 51 goals for France.

The win leaves them top of Group D after rivals Denmark and Tunisia drew 0-0 in Doha earlier.

Writing by Abdullahi Lamino