Winner 4-1 of Australia, the France team put an end to a terrible black series for the reigning world champions.
The curse of the reigning world champion was invited on the lawn of the Al-Janoub Stadium on Tuesday evening. After nine minutes, the Blues were indeed already led by Australia and had lost Lucas Hernandez, victim of a serious knee injury. But this time, the defending champion’s curse only passed.
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Shortly before half an hour, Adrien Rabiot equalized with a header and five minutes later, he offered a golden service to Olivier Giroud. The Blues had already reversed the situation and were going to drive the point home in the second half with two new goals signed Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud. In the end, Didier Deschamps’ men won 4-1 and did honor to their rank.
Above all, the Blues put an end to the black series which hit the world champions. Since Brazil in 2006, no world champion had indeed won their opening match. In 2010, Italy had indeed been forced to a draw by Paraguay (1-1). Four years later, Spain was swept away by the Netherlands (5-1). Finally, during the previous World Cup in Russia, Germany was trapped by Mexico (1-0).
And each time, the world champion was not going to recover, stalling in the end from the group stage. A failure that the Blues had experienced in 2002 four years after their coronation of 1998, with an entry defeat against Senegal and an elimination without glory and without the slightest goal scored.