It was not the begin to the Socceroos’ World Cup marketing campaign that Graham Arnold had envisioned, as Australia had been swept apart 4-1 by a rampant France aspect.
Craig Goodwin opened the scoring within the ninth minute, however it was all downhill from there as Les Bleus proved why they’re the reigning World Champions.
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There had been some respectable performances among the many Socceroos however for a lot of, they know they will play higher than that.
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Mat Ryan – 3.5
Got the Aussies into hassle when trying to play out of the again which in the end led to France taking the lead. Although he claimed some crosses, he didn’t make his first save till late within the sport.
Nathaniel Atkinson – 2
Atkinson had the hardest job of any Aussie: hold Mbappe quiet. Unfortunately, he struggled towards the famous person who burned him for tempo and trickery time and time once more. A barrage of crosses had been additionally floated in from his aspect which led to a number of possibilities. Also gifted France their second of the sport when caught in possession by Adrien Rabiot.
Harry Souttar – 5.5
Played in all probability essentially the most lovely cross of the sport with a diagonal ball from the again out to Mat Leckie who assisted the Aussies’ opener. Unfortunately couldn’t fairly make his aerial presence identified off set items.
Kye Rowles – 4.5
Started off strongly and made some necessary challenges all through, particularly with a perfectly-timed sliding deal with to disclaim Mbappe a objective. But his lapses of focus had been punished closely, as he misplaced Rabiot for France’s opener and missed Mbappe behind him for his or her third.
Aziz Behich – 4
Like Atkinson, had a troublesome ask at conserving tempo with the speedy Dembele. Had barely higher success than his counterpart at right-back, however nonetheless struggled. Failed to get his head to a cross which Giroud thumped residence for France’s fourth. Slightly redeemed himself by clearing a Griezmann shot off the road.
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Aaron Mooy – 4.5
Looked robust within the early phases as he pulled the strings in midfield, pinging balls all around the park. Unfortunately his lack of tempo was uncovered at occasions when transitioning and misplaced possession a worrying quantity as the sport continued. Copped a yellow card in stoppage time with a deal with out of sheer frustration.
Jackson Irvine – 4.5
Was made to work desperately exhausting out of possession all through. Almost scored an equaliser for the Socceroos within the dwindling moments of the primary half when his glanced header nicked the put up and bounced to security. Ran out of gasoline within the second half and started to chase shadows a little bit bit.
Riley McGree – 5
Fired a shot from 35 yards effectively huge and it was maybe an indication of issues to come back. Struggled to become involved and join the midfield with the assault. Almost had an help when Irvine’s header got here off the put up however apart from that, a comparatively quiet sport from the Middlesbrough man.
Mat Leckie – 6
Provided the help for Goodwin’s opener after sending Lucas Hernandez for a sizzling canine (and to the remedy desk). Did his greatest to be a disruptive affect out of possession however by no means fairly made his mark.
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Craig Goodwin – 7
Sent Australia into meltdown when he scored within the ninth minute with an ideal end. Battled all through and took up some good positions on the left however simply by no means had the tempo to beat Pavard. Had to cowl loads of floor going up and down too.
Mitchell Duke – 6
Had a thankless job of chasing a number of misplaced causes up entrance for Australia and clocked 7.5km on the odometer for his efforts. Was inches away from scoring a long-range screamer however the ball swerved away on the final second. Unfortunately misplaced numerous aerial battles towards Upamecano and Konate, however gave the Aussies an opportunity at successful the second ball. Picked up a late reserving for a late deal with, purely out of frustration.
Jason Cummings – 4
The cult hero was sadly nameless in his temporary look off the bench.
Awer Mabil – N/A
Didn’t make a lot of a mark positively or negatively after approaching.
Garang Kuol – N/A
Officially our youngest-ever Socceroo at a World Cup, Kuol wasn’t capable of make the specified affect.
Milos Degenek – N/A
Keanu Baccus – N/A
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