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French joy contrasts with Australian despair after World Cup thrashing – video







France fans were in a frenzy in Paris cafes and outside Qatar’s Al Janoub Stadium as Les Bleus began the defence for their World Cup title in style with a 4-1 thrashing of Australia. The Socceroos took a stunning lead when Craig Goodwin finished Mathew Leckie’s cross after nine minutes, prompting a sliver of hope among the Australian support. But France levelled when Adrien Rabiot headed home and Olivier Giroud’s tap-in gave them the half-time lead. Kylian Mbappé’s goal and a second for Giroud after the break made absolutely certain of the result. ‘I legitimately thought we were going to win the World Cup there for 15 minutes but unfortunately France were too good,’ one Australia fan said.

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