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FIFA WC: We Were Punished For Our Mistakes, Says Australian Coach

Al Wakrah [Qatar]: Following the loss to France in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener, Australia head coach Graham Arnold said the quality of their opponents contributed to their win and his side was punished by their mistakes.

Olivier Giroud’s brace and a stunning goal from Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe guided reigning champions France to 4-1 victory over Australia in the Group D match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.

Arnold was quoted as saying by Sky Sports, “I think at the end of the day, the quality of the French team [was the reason for the win]. They are the previous champions for a reason. We started very well. Physically they were so much bigger, faster and stronger than us today. Overall, the boys did everything they could and that is all I can ask.”

“We have built the belief and the energy and the focus in the last week since we have been in camp. The way we started, we believed. That is what we trained on – that type of goal. But we were punished by our mistakes. Their crosses were bang on target. That game is gone. It is good that the other result was a draw. Now it is about winning on Saturday. We have to get ready for it,” added the coach.

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