France 4-1 Australia: World Cup player ratings | World Cup 2022

France (4-2-1-3)

Hugo Lloris (GK) The France captain had little to do after the opening handshake. Powerless to stop Australia’s first goal. 6

Benjamin Pavard (AR) Solid but unspectacular evening with France looking to overload the left. 6

Ibrahima Konate (CB) He may not be in favor at Anfield, but the 23-year-old has shone for his country, regularly breaking out of defense to quell danger and set up transition attacks. 8

Dayot Upamecano (BC) Confident and composed in the center of a defense devoid of a stack of usual suspects. seven

Lucas Hernandez/Theo Hernandez (LB) Lucas Hernandez’s World Cup may have lasted just 13 minutes after he landed awkwardly in the build-up to Australia’s goal. Brother Theo seized his opportunity as a substitute, repeatedly raiding from the back down the left flank and sending plenty of teasing crosses and smart cuts. 8

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Aurelien Tchouameni (DM) It’s not the kind of game for a player of his qualities to shine and he contributed to France’s nervous start in midfield but thereafter he did his job. 6

Adrien Rabiot (CM) Guilty of being caught in possession early on, Rabiot took the game by the scruff of the neck and by half-time he had a goal and an assist. A great link between defense and attack, especially in broken play, but Deschamps will want more control against stronger opposition. 8

Antoine Griezmann (AM) His ability to drift through the space between the lines made him an all night threat. France’s Plan A was to attack from the flanks, but they seemed more penetrating when Griezmann took the ball in the central areas, dictating sharp triangles with his other forwards. 8

Ousmane Dembele (RA) The blistering pace is a constant threat down the right side. Aziz Behich’s butchering set the tone very early on. seven

Profile of Dembele

Kylian Mbappe (AG) Scored one, he should have filled his boots, but throughout he tormented Australia down the left flank. He entered this tournament full of expectations and on this form he looks set to deliver. 8

Olivier Giroud (CF) No Benzema, no worries. The big man from France did what he does, bagging a brace with the minimum of fuss, tying Thierry Henry as his country’s top scorer in the process. 8

Other submarines: Youssouf Fofana and Kingsley Coman (77 mins), Jules Koundé and Marcus Thuram (89 mins) n / A

Australia (4-3-2-1)

Matt Ryan (GK) Difficult night for the Australian skipper. I couldn’t do much with any of the finishes and made a few decent saves to reduce the score. Played his part for France’s second place with the decision to play from the back via Nathaniel Atkinson. 6

Nathaniel Atkinson (RB) A trying night for the first Tasmanian to compete in a World Cup. Crispy roast by Mbappé then regaled by riding Hernandez. 3

Harry Souttar (CB) Scored the opening goal with a majestic cross pass and did his best to stem the waves of French attacks. Disappointing and unthreatening from set pieces. 6

Kye Rowles (CB) Like Souttar, Rowles was tested on his World Cup debut, but he made a solid change and executed a memorable ultimate challenge to deny Mbappé. 5

Aziz Behich (LB) Most of the game was on the other side, but Behich had his fair share of work against Dembélé. The honors went to the Frenchman but Behich landed a few shots, looked to advance when he could in the early stages and produced a superb goal-line clearance in the second half. 6

Aaron Mooy (CM) Australia’s metronome turned the game on for the first 20 minutes, but afterwards wasted his time and was caught in possession a number of times. In his defense, he had nothing to aim for when he looked up. 6

Jackson Irvine (MC) Graham Arnold promised plenty of bite from his side but that only materialized in the form of Irvine. He could have been booked a handful of times before he was finally notified, but he complied with the request for ‘Australian DNA’. Skimmed the post with a header in the first half. seven

Profile of Jackson Irvine

Riley McGree (CM) Anonymous. 4

Mathew Leckie (RW) Set up the first goal with brilliant control down the right touchline before netting a perfect cross. Passed out afterwards. 5

Craig Goodwin (AG) Australia’s most likely source of danger raided down the left early on and scored the game’s opening goal with an excellent finish high into Lloris’ net. Like the rest of his team, he withdrew from the contest. Disappointing piecemeal delivery. 6

Mitchell Duke (CF) The Australian branch ran, jumped, harassed and competed, but got no change from the French defence. More and more isolated as the game progressed. 5

Subs: Jason Cummings (56) Did nothing to justify the Twitter trending topic of #Cumdog. 4 Other substitutes: Awer Mabil and Garang Kuol (73), Milos Degenek and Keanu Baccus (85) n/a

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