France were left shell-shocked as they went behind to Australia and lost Lucas Hernandez to injury in their opening game of the World Cup – but it only kicked them into gear.
The opening goal came after eight minutes and 23 seconds from 30-year-old Adelaide United striker Craig Goodwin as he smashed the ball past Hugo Llloris at the back post to score the quickest World Cup goal against France since Bryan Robson in 1982.
Things got even worse for Les Bleus with Hernandez going down with a nasty injury and being forced off the pitch to be replaced by his brother Theo Hernandez.
Didier Deschamps’ side have been tipped among the favourites to go all the way in Qatar and a clash against the Socceroos was seen as a near-formality to due their strength in depth.
The world champions soon showed their quality by turning the first-half around with quickfire goals from Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud.
However, according to Stuart Peace, Australia’s goal was one that he saw coming and served as a warning to France.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “The French have paid the penalty for not pressing in any way shape or form. They’ve just passed it around at will.
“That wasn’t as easy a finish as you think. The ball was bouncing, and when there’s an expectation that you could score, it’s never that easy. It could be double-jeopardy with the Hernandez injury.”
France have suffered a number of injury problems, losing Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema before the tournament.
Despite eventually turning the first-half around, Les Bleus are now sweating on left-back Hernandez after he appeared to twist his knee in the build-up to Australia’s goal.
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