France pummel Australia as Giroud equals Henry's goal-scoring record

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Current champions France started their World Cup campaign in fine style with their 4-1 victory over Australia, capped by a brace from Olivier Giroud, who matched Thierry Henry's 51-goal record for Les Bleus. Read FRANCE 24's liveblog below to see how the match unfolded.

When Australia scored a shock early goal, it looked like the curse of the World Cup titleholders could be coming for France, but Les Bleus pulled it back and gave themselves a comfortable victory, with notably fine performances by their talismanic presence Kylian Mbappé as well as from Antoine Griezmann and Adrien Rabiot in midfield.

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