Al Waqara, Qatar – France showed they can cope without their star striker at the World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe scored a goal and Olivier Giroud scored twice as the defending champions beat Australia 4-1 on Tuesday.
Giroud equaled Thierry Henry’s national record of 51 goals by heading home Mbappe’s cross in the 71st minute.
Moments earlier, Mbappe headed in Ousmane Dembele’s cross from the right to open this World Cup as he finished last – with a goal. He kneels with one hand behind his back and a finger on his forehead in a new celebration.
Giroud didn’t even score in the last World Cup.
Craig Goodwin headed home winger Matthew Leckie’s cross in the ninth minute to give Australia the lead. French midfielder Adrien Rabiot equalized Giroud’s first goal in the 27th minute.
France are playing without the injured Karim Benzema, who was ruled out of the World Cup last week.