France won their first group match in Russia 2018 by beating Australia 2 goals to 1. Anthonio Griezman and Paul Pogba provided the goals.
It was a very underwhelming performance by one of the pre-tournament favourites as, apart from the opening eight minutes, France only managed two shots on target, both of which went in.
They began with intent and Australia goalkeeper Ryan was kept busy inside the opening minutes but stood strong.
The Socceroos then almost opened the scoring when Hugo Lloris reacted quickly to prevent Corentin Tolisso scoring an own goal.
In the second half much entertaining football was provided as Griezmann converted a penalty he won. Australia replied the goal through another penalty as Umtiti was purnished for handling the ball in the penalty box. Paul wrapped up the match with a sublime lob that need VAR to confirm it.
It as a job well done by France but improvement is needed.
France have only managed to keep one clean sheet in their last seven international games, against Republic of Ireland in May.
All four of Australian Ryan’s saves vs France came in the opening eight minutes, with the keeper conceding the next two shots on target faced.
The two penalties scored in the game between France and Australia were only four minutes, seven seconds apart – the shortest period of time between two penalties being scored by different sides in a World Cup match.
France are unbeaten in the 18 games that Griezmann has scored in (W16 D2 L0).
Griezmann has been directly involved in nine of France’s last 13 goals in major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships), with seven goals and two assists.
At 19 years and 178 days old, Kylian Mbappe is the youngest player to make an appearance at a major tournament for France (World Cup and European Championships).
It was a very underwhelming performance by one of the pre-tournament favourites as apart from the opening eight minutes, France only managed two shots on target, both of which went in.