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Qatar 2022: Giroud Equals Henry’s Record As France Thrash Australia To Get Off To Perfect Start

Qatar 2022: Giroud Equals Henry’s Record As France Thrash Australia To Get Off To Perfect Start

Champions France got their Qatar 2022 World Cup campaign off to a great start as they thrashed Australia 4-1 in their Group D opening fixture on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud bagged a brace for France which saw him equal Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top scorer on 51 goals.


Also on target for France were Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot.

France put the pressure on as early as the 2nd minute as Ousmane Dembele got down the right hand side and put a cross in towards the back post that fell at the feet of Mbappe, who won a corner for his side.

But it was Australia who took a shock lead in the 8th minute through Craig Goodwin smashed into the roof of the net from a superb cross.

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France were forced into an early change as Lucas Hernandez went off injured and was replaced by his brother Theo Hernandez.

In the 22nd minute Australia almost doubled their lead but Mitchell Duke’s long range strike flew narrowly over the top of Hugo Lloris’ net.

France were back on level terms on 27 minutes thanks to Rabiot who headed in Hernandez’s delightful cross.

In the 37th minute Olivier Giroud put France 2-1 up as he tapped into an empty net off a cutback from Rabiot.

It is the former Arsenal man’s 50th goal for the reigning world champions.

With five minutes left in the first half Mbappe broke on the left and crossed inside the box but Dembele could not direct his effort towards goal.

In the 42nd minute Anttoine Griezman had the chance to extend France lead off a back heel pass from Mbappe inside the box but saw his low shot narrowly miss the target.

Mbappe could have made it 3-1 on 44 minutes but blasted his effort off Griezman’s cross just over the bar.

Two minutes into added time Jackson Irvine almost drew Australia level after meeting a left wing cross but his header came off the post.

Five minutes into the second half France had two opportunities, first through Aurelien Tchouameni whose goal bound strike from the edge of the box was box and Giroud’s bicycle kick went wide.

Mbappe had the chance to make it 3-1 on 61 minutes after a clever one-two with Gitoud but his shot was blocked for a corner.

France continued to probe for more goals and were unlucky not to score as Griezman saw his shot cleared off the line by Aziz Behich

They were eventually rewarded on 67 minutes as Mbappe rose to head in Dembele’s cross to make it 3-1.

France continued to go in search for more goals and got on the score sheet again on 72 minutes as Giroud nodded in Mbappe’s cross from the left.

Mbappe got close to getting his second goal on 83 minutes but failed to control Griezman’s lofted pass over the Australia defence as the keeper rushed out to claim.

In the 90th minute Ibrahima Konate thought he had gotten the fifth goal for France only to see Australia keeper Mat Ryan punched his header away.

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  • pompei 2 weeks ago


  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    I am surprised all our in-house proponents of self-belief and determination ahead of tested and validated, structured and informed methodologies are quiet on this thread and have gone ghostmode apparently thinking a fluke victory by a team having no notable name, not to mention playing in the usual loud noise about top 5 league, is now a recipe for success against well-schooled and well-informed sides.

    A 5% success-rate method is the one they glorify ahead of a 90% success rate method.

    Its still early days of the World cup, lets see how their self-belief and determination methodology will pan out as proceedings continue…..LMAOooo

    The depth of misery they have driven our football seems not to be satisfactory enough to them.

  • This was the major problem when Crack heads keep smoking drugs and talking rubbish you want to use Olivier Giroud to justify your Kano Pillars bench Warmer Abi…

    Please which club does Giroud Play and has played for? Has he ever been relegated to Arsenal Under 23 team because he was just way below standard. Is he still playing in AC Milan. It is now coming back the frustrations we had with this coconut head called Dr. Fraud. So you want to say Giroud is not active in a top team abi? A player who was recently just crowned Italian Seria A champion. something that Nigeria’s biggest Star currently Osimhen is still yerning and god willing will achieve. Musa on the other hand or your Ighalo for that matter cannot even lace Giroud Boots now take that shit to the bank the dude is still relevant and playing for AC Milan inChampions league has played for the best teams in England. you nugget brain. Keep using Giroud Benzeama and CR7 to justify your way below so called Legends.

    You see this Dr. Fruad if i ever catch you for main road eh the kind of beat down i go give you only god will judge me. what arrant Nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Drug heads will not realise that the reason he is this good and potent is because of all the experience he has gathered and is still gathering at the highest level. Wheni say some Nigerians are deluded and it is that delusion that brings faliure upon faliur to this country THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!!!!!!!

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      Hahahahaha….useless addict…who is sounding like a drug head now….LMAOooo

      How does this your reply have anything to do or relate to my comment above……LMAooo.

      What has Oliveir Giroud and Ahmed Musa got to do with Saudi Arabia’s self-belief/determination vs structured/informed execution of a carefully and aptly thought out game plan against Argentina…..???

      Can you see you are already deranged…..LMAOoo. Just like your father in drugs Tinubu, you cannot even maintain a straight line of thought and align properly with conversations anymore……LMAOoooo

      And he opens his mouth to call someone else a ‘drug head’……LMAOOoo.

      Ugo Iberibe Ewunze aka Ewu zimbabwe, if this is what your soot-filled brain has told your fingers to type as a response to my comment above….LMAOooo…. then please check into the nearest rehab to you. You have lost it already. You have just exposed your state of mental health to the whole world.

      I know seeing the Dr.Drey frustrates you alot and makes you erupt in madness because you cant seem to offer and mentally stimulating rebuttal to his fact-based, wisdom-filled comments on this forum…….LMAooo….but to offer a reply that is 180 degrees in magnitude and direction to a comment is a clear sign of mental misalignment

      5% success-rate Self-belief/determination VS 90% success rate structured/informed execution —— Olivier Giroud VS Ahmed Musa…….LMAOOoo. And he calls another person a drug head….??? LMAoooo.

      Anyone who loves this boy should kindly lead him by the hand to the nearest mental assylum to him…..LMAOoo…he needs help ASAP

      Onye ala….!!

      • Olodo i wasn’t only going about this your mumu comment. however this comment for some reason reminded me of the dumb founded comparisions you used to make to justify some dead weights. you even went as far as saying Portugal still calling Ronaldo is the same as Nigeria and Musa. I was really taking aback that was when it was clear to me you spend most of your days galavanting from one crack den to another!

        • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

          Hahahaha…shameless drug addict is trying to save face, still perambulating in utter mental disorientation

          Useless fool…you are still not making sense….LMAooo

          Shameless liar….please dig up where I ever used Ronaldo’s continuous call ups as justification for Musa’s……LMAOoo.

          You are not only mentally deranged, you are also begining to hallucinate

          You will tell me if Ronaldo is one of former SE captains whom I always use Musa to benchmark.

          If not someone who is already on the path to some high level madness….how will a person post a comment about A and your reply to the comment will be Y & Z….LMAOooo…and you come around to save face with some lie about “…i wasn’t only going about this your mumu comment…”. Useless fool.

          Just say you are frustrated, depressed and want some attention.

          And he refers to someone else as a drug head….LMAOoo..who is the drug head here now. You are even demonstrating an acute inability to think straight.

          From a comment on Self-belief/determination VS structured/informed execution of game plans, you drifted 1000 miles to Giroud vs Musa…..LMAooo…now you have drifted to Ronaldo vs Musa…….LMAOooo

          You need to both a psychologist and a psychiatrist asap….LMAOooo. You are heavily depressed.

          According to the adage, whom the gods want to kill they first strike with madness……LMAOooo….They are all beginning to face the wrath of God 1 by 1…LMAOooo