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Photos: Giroud equals record as holders France beat Australia 4-1

Olivier Giroud scored twice to become France’s joint top scorer as they battled to put Australia under a sword, opening their World Cup defense with a 4-1 Group D win on Tuesday, which silenced the talks about the champion’s curse.

Australia had taken a shock lead at Al Janoub Stadium when Craig Goodwin struck a super finish off Mathew Leckie’s cross after nine minutes, but France equalized when Adrien Rabiot headed in and Giroud’s touch gave them the lead at half. weather.

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Kylian Mbappe’s header in the 68th minute was followed by Giroud’s 51st international goal three minutes later, tying Thierry Henry for France’s all-time leading goalscorer.

French coach Didier Deschamps’ team, which leads Group D after rivals Denmark and Tunisia drew 0-0 on Tuesday, ended a run of poor starts for the world champions after the previous three (Italy, Spain and Germany) failed to win their first matches. .

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