Olivier Giroud scored twice to become France’s joint record goalscorer as they fought back to beat Australia at the sword. They opened their World Cup defense with a 4-1 win in Group D on Tuesday, silencing the holder’s curse.
Australia had taken a stunning lead at the Al Janoub Stadium when Craig Goodwin applied a super finish to Mathew Leckie’s cross after nine minutes, but France leveled when Adrien Rabiot headed home and Giroud’s entry gave them half-time.
Kylian Mbappé’s swift header in the 68th minute was followed three minutes later by Giroud’s 51st international goal, leveling him with Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top goalscorer.
French coach Didier Deschamps’ side, who topped Group D after rivals Denmark and Tunisia drew 0-0 earlier on Tuesday, ended a run of poor starts for World Cup holders after the previous three – Italy, Spain and Germany – all failed to win their openers.