Giroud equals Henry’s all-time mark for France within the win in opposition to Australia

France confirmed on the World Cup that they’ll cope with out their star striker.

Kylian Mbappe scored as soon as and arrange the second of Olivier Giroud’s two objectives as Australia beat Australia 4-1 on Tuesday to defend their title.

Giroud, who didn’t rating on the final World Cup, equaled Thierry Henry’s 51-goal document with a 71st-minute header from Mbappe.

Moments earlier, Mbappe pounced on Ousmane Dembele’s right-hand cross to begin this World Cup and finish it final, with a purpose. He knelt with one hand behind his again and a finger on his brow.

“It isn’t simply chasing data, it is what he all the time does on the pitch,” France coach Didier Deschamps stated. “He’s a vital participant for us.”

Deschamps joked that Mbappe might be much more deadly now.

“He all the time goals of hitting his head. If he does, will probably be extra harmful,” Deschamps stated with a smile. “Realizing he’d be prepared tonight as a result of it is his match.”

Craig Goodwin transformed a cross from winger Matthew Leckie to provide Australia the lead within the ninth minute. France midfielder Adrien Rabiot equalized with a robust header within the twenty seventh minute, and Giroud’s first purpose quickly after.

France have been with out Karim Benzema, who was dominated out of the World Cup final week with an damage.

Leaders Tunisia draw with Denmark

Tunisia host European Championship semi-finalists Denmark to a 0-0 draw on the World Cup.

It was one other massive consequence for 2 of the 4 Arab nations competing of their first World Cup within the Center East, three hours after Saudi Arabia’s shock win over Argentina, earlier than your complete stadium was crammed with Tunisian supporters.

Tunisia deserved extra, however goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s knowledgeable save simply earlier than half-time helped Denmark protect a draw.

Denmark’s ahead Mikkel Damsgaard battles for possession throughout Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Tunisia’s Naim Sliti. (Lawrence Griffiths/Getty Photographs)

Issam Jebali, who performs for Odense in Denmark, will get his palms on a shot from Schmeichel.

The match marked Christian Eriksen’s return to a significant match lower than a 12 months and a half after his heart-stopping efficiency with Denmark at Euro 2020.

Eriksen, historically a playmaker, had a harmful long-range shot within the second half that beat Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen.

Subsequent Saturday, Tunisia play Australia in Group D, whereas Denmark face defending champions France on the identical day.

Lewandowski’s PK saved, Mexico-Poland tied

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa saved Robert Lewandowski’s free kick within the second half to carry Poland to a 0-0 draw on the World Cup on Tuesday.

It was the primary time Lewandowski had missed a penalty for his nationwide crew. Poland’s all-time prime scorer with 76 objectives stays scoreless on the World Cup.

The Poland striker was awarded a penalty after a VAR assessment after knocking down Hector Moreno’s shirt. Ochoa, in his fifth world championship, cheered after his stoppage, prompting the group to chant “Reminder!”

With Mexico in possession, Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was in a position to flip away all three of El Tri’s photographs on purpose.

Argentina, who defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 earlier in Group C, benefited from a draw. The Argentines, led by Lionel Messi, have been extensively thought of favorites to advance.

There’s historical past in Qatar, with France’s Stéphanie Frappart turning into the primary girl to referee a males’s World Cup match and the fourth referee in Group C between Poland and Mexico.

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