France showed they can manage without their star striker at the World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe scored one and set up the second of Olivier Giroud’s two goals to help the defending champions beat Australia 4-1 on Tuesday.
Giroud, who did not score at the last World Cup, equaled Thierry Henry’s national record of 51 goals with a header from Mbappé’s cross in the 71st minute.
Moments earlier, Mbappe headed in Ousmane Dembele’s cross from the right to start this World Cup as he finished the last one, with one goal. He knelt with one hand behind his back and his finger on his forehead in yet another celebration.
“It’s not just about chasing records, it’s about what he always does on the pitch,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “He is a very important player for us.”
Deschamps joked that Mbappé could now become even deadlier.
Craig Goodwin gave Australia the lead when he converted a cross from winger Mathew Leckie in the ninth minute. French midfielder Adrien Rabiot equalized with a powerful header in the 27th and soon after set up Giroud’s opening goal.
France were playing without the injured Karim Benzema, who was ruled out of the World Cup last week.
Underdog Tunisia tie Denmark
Tunisia drew 0-0 with Euro Cup semifinalists Denmark on Tuesday at the World Cup.
Coming three hours after Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina in an upset upset, and before a stadium almost entirely filled with Tunisian supporters, it was another great result for two of the four Arab nations competing in the first World Cup in The middle east.
Tunisia probably deserved more, but an expert save from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel just before halftime helped Denmark preserve the tie.
Schmeichel raised his hand to deflect a shot from Issam Jebali, who plays club ball in Denmark for Odense.
Assuming his usual playmaker position, Eriksen produced a dangerous long-range shot on goal in the second half that Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen had to deflect away.
Tunisia will play Australia on Saturday in Group D and Denmark will face defending champions France on the same day.
Lewandowski’s PK saved, Mexico-Poland tie
Robert Lewandowski’s second-half penalty attempt was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, leaving Poland set for a 0-0 World Cup draw on Tuesday.
It was the first penalty missed by Lewandowski with the national team. Poland’s all-time top scorer with 76 goals remains without a World Cup goal.
The Polish striker received the penalty following a VAR review after Héctor Moreno grabbed his shirt and brought him down. Ochoa, playing in his fifth World Cup, came out shouting in celebration after his save, prompting the crowd to chant “Memo!”
As Mexico dominated possession, Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny deflected all three of El Tri’s shots on target.
The goalless draw was good for Argentina, who were beaten 2-1 by Saudi Arabia in an earlier Group C match. The Argentines, led by Lionel Messi, were widely considered the favorites to advance.
History was made in Qatar when Stephanie Frappart of France became the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup match, serving as the fourth official for the Group C fight between Poland and Mexico.