The Socceroos gave France quite a scare, but in the end the reigning champions showed their class in a 4-1 win.
Craig Goodwin stunned the world when he struck the far post from Mat Leckie’s perfect ball after just nine minutes, but it was for naught when Adrien Rabiot equalized midway through the first half.
Veteran striker Olivier Giroud finished with a brace, with superstar Kylian Mbappe also on the scoreboard.
This is how the Socceroos qualified against Les Blues:
MAT RYAN – 5
He ordered his troops well, he was not to blame for either of the two goals in the first half. The same story after the break.
NATHANIEL ATKINSON – 3
He had a brutal evening marking superstar Kylian Mbappe. He will be lucky to keep his place in the starting XI for Australia’s next game against Tunisia.
Kylian Mbappe gave Nathaniel Atkinson a brutal introduction to World Cup football
Mat Leckie called on all his experience and provided an early assist for Craig Goodwin’s goal
Craig Goodwin celebrates his early goal for the Socceroos against France – Les Blues responded in emphatic fashion and won 4-1
kye rowles – 5
Questions remain as to whether the Hearts defender belongs to this level.
HARRY SOUTTAR – 6
The Scottish-born defender used his size well and was very busy in the first half. An assured defensive performance against quality opposition.
AZIZ BEHICH – 5
The left-back was in his tenacious prime, he had a difficult task trying to contain Ousmane Dembele.
AARON MOOY – 6
The veteran called on all his experience and controlled the Socceroos’ pace in midfield before France went on a rampage.
MATTHEW LECKIE – 6
He assisted Craig Goodwin with a perfect cross and provided good cover when needed for Nathaniel Atkinson.
JACKSON IRVINE – 6
Typical energetic display from the German midfielder, who hit the post in stoppage time in the first half with Lloris defeated.
Socceroos manager Graham Arnold would have been encouraged by some aspects of his team’s performance
Aaron Mooy pulled the strings for Australia and was a calming influence in the middle of the park.
RILEY MCGREE – 5
Irvine’s smart center in first half stoppage time, justified his place in Graham Arnold’s team. He needs to get more on the ball.
He found the back of the net with an emphatic finish for Australia to take the lead. The patron of Adelaide United justified the selection of him.
MITCH DUKE – 6
Workhorse up front, he never stopped running and almost scored a ‘worldie’ from a distance.
JASON CUMMINGS – 5
Replaced Mitch Duke upstairs, ran out of stockings. The cult hero needs to be more involved.
AWER MABIL – 5
Presented at McGree’s expense, he did just enough to suggest he could start against Tunisia.
GARANG KUOL – 4
Australia’s rising star was largely anonymous when pitched for Goodwin, possibly intimidated by the occasion.
KEANU BACCUS – N/A
He entered the fray late as Arnold cleared his bench.
MILOS DEGENEK – N/A
He replaced the ill-tempered Atkinson in death, likely to start Australia’s next two games at right-back.
FRANCE PLAYER RATINGS
HUGO LLORIS – 7
The Tottenham goalkeeper couldn’t stop Craig Goodwin’s shot, recovering well to be an assured figure between the sticks.
LUCAS HERNANDEZ – N/A
He retired injured moments after Goodwin’s goal, replaced by his brother Theo.
IBRAHIMA KONATE – 7
He made good use of his physique, his duel with Socceroos forward Mitch Duke in the first half was engrossing.
dayot upamecano – 6
He looked elegant on the ball, did his job at the heart of the defence.
BENJAMIN PAVARD – 7
The classy left-back provided a dangerous outlet, pairing well with the standout Mbappe.
Frenchman Theo Hernandez jumped into the fray early on, and he did not disappoint Les Blues.
Olivier Giroud finished with a brace in the one-sided game at Al Janoub Stadium
AURELIEN TCHOUAMENI – 6
The projection midfielder showed precisely why he is highly rated at Real Madrid. He will improve as France deepens in the tournament.
ADREN RABIOT -7
The Juventus midfielder broke the hearts of the Australians when he equalized midway through the first half.
ANTONIO GRIEZMANN -7
The man responsible for many of France’s raiding raids. A constant threat with the ball at his feet.
KYLIAN MBAPPE -9
Electric performance from the PSG superstar, whose pace was terrifying at times. He sealed the result with France’s third goal.
Mbappe stood out, with his electric pace and willingness to take on defenders too much for the Socceroos.
OUSMANE DEMBELE -8
The Barcelona midfielder was at his silky best. Australia often had no answers to his direct style.
OLIVIER GIROUD -8
The official striker took advantage of a mistake by Atkinson to give France the lead. He kept Souttar very busy and finished with two goals to his name.
THEO HERNANDEZ – 6
He replaced his brother from the start and provided assistance to Rabiot. He is likely to start against Denmark and Tunisia.
YOUSSOUF FOFANA – N/A
One for the future, he looks ominous on the ball.
KINGSLEY COMAN – N/A
He replaced Dembélé late, with the result assured, one for the future.