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France recovered from a lacklustre opening term to record a 2-1 victory over a valiant Australian side in their opening Group C World Cup game.

Taking on a French legion of stars, Australia's back line put on an impressive collective display to shut down France's attack in their World Cup opener. Australia despite defending for large parts of the game had the best chance from a free-kick but were denied by a smart save from Hugo Lloris. France took the lead in 58th minute through a Antoine Griezmann penalty after he was fouled in the box by Risdon.

When asked about the "Bleus" next rival, Peru, Atletico Madrid's number seven had this to say: "We have a hard match against Peru".

Griezmann was clipped by Joshua Risdon, but Cunha did not blow immediately and instead used technology to revisit the incident. Photo: Michael Sohn/ Associated PressNigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, right, lies on the ground after teammate Oghenekaro Etebo, second left, scored an own goal during the group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018.

After a week of heavy debates over Deschamps' decision to change his tactics just before this World Cup, all eyes were on France's front three. "We got the job done, but we can do much, much better". The United player now becomes the only French player after Michel Platini to score in consecutive World cup tournaments. I told my teammates that if we maintain that structure and concentration we showed today, let's see where it gets us.

In the day's later games, Denmark broke Peru's hearts as the South American country made their first appearance in the finals since 1982.

Australia, whose goal is to survive the group stage, will need two good results to escape elimination.

They certainly didn't deserve to lose. "It gives us a lot of confidence", he added. They try to play on the ground.

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina played out a 1-1 draw against Iceland.

Frank Leboeuf joins the ESPN FC crew to talk about France's underwhelming display and what must be done to play to their potential.


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