Socceroo fans dismayed after France ‘dominate’ Aussies in World Cup opener

Nov 23, 2022
The criticism of Australia's performance came in thick and fast. Source: Getty Images.

The Australian Socceroos have been dealt a devastating blow in their World Cup opener on Wednesday, November 23 after a disastrous 4-1 loss to France.

Although the Socceroos came out strong at the beginning of the match with an early goal from Craig Goodwin within the first 10 minutes, France’s Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud were quick to strike back securing the reigning champions a 2-1 lead over the Aussies as the first half drew to a close.

Increased pressure from the French side saw the Aussie’s defence come unstuck in the second half, allowing French superstar Kylian Mbappe to increase the lead to 3-1.

A mere three minutes later Olivier Giroud scored his second goal with a header, securing France’s 4-1 victory.

The criticism of Australia’s performance came in thick and fast with Socceroos legend Harry Kewell claiming the Aussies provided an easy win for France.

“I just think if we had got them on the back foot, got the back line of France turning, we could have just caused them a little bit more trouble,” he told SBS.

“And it has turned out to be such an easy game for France.”

Fellow Socceroos icon John Aloisi said the Australians had been “completely outclassed” by France.

“Imagine how the players are feeling, because they got completely outclassed,” Aloisi said.

“We weren’t in the game after our goal. That was it, that was us done, and they completely dominated us and created chance after chance.

Fault finding was not only contained to soccer experts, die-hard fans of the game were also quick to share their thoughts on Australia’s loss with many offering their opinions on where the Aussies fell short.

The Australians will now face off against Tunisia on Saturday, November 26.

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