The French football team has shown in its very first match that it can play without its star striker in the FIFA World Cup 2022 and win big. In the absence of Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe scored a goal and assisted one of Olivier Giroud’s two goals as the defending champions thrashed Australia 4-1 on Tuesday.
Giroud equaled Thierry Henry’s national record of 51 goals in the 71st minute with a header from Mbappe’s cross. Giroud had failed to score a single goal in the previous World Cup, but scored in the 2014 tournament. So Giroud will now have a chance to break Henry’s record on Saturday when France face Denmark.
France coach Didier Deschamps said, “It is not just about chasing records, but what he always does on the field. He is a very important player for us.” He also praised Mbappe, saying he can be even more lethal now, as he scored one goal and assisted Giroud to score another.
At the same time, Craig Goodwin gave Australia the lead in the ninth minute by turning in winger Matthew Leckie’s cross, but after that France showed their game. France midfielder Adrien Rabiot scored with a powerful header in the 27th minute to equalize for Australia and shortly after saw Giroud’s first goal.