- Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe opened his scoring account at the 2022 World Cup against Australia
- Many have instead focused on the 23-year-old missing an open goal earlier before he registered his first goal
- Defending champions France staged an incredible comeback to secure a 4-1 victory over the feisty Socceroos
Kylian Mbappe produced a horrific miss from yards out for France against Australia, in a World Cup Group D encounter on Tuesday night.
The Socceroos took a shock lead against the reigning World Champions at the Al Janoub Stadium, courtesy of a Craig Goodwin strike.
However, France came from behind to lead at half-time thanks to Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud's efforts.
A few minutes after Giroud's goal, his 50th in a France shirt, Mbappe missed an open goal from about 4 yards out.
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A long diagonal pass from Aurelin Tchouameni unleashed Antoine Griezmann on the inside-right channel.
His ball into the box was superb, but the Paris Saint-Germain star decided not to head a ball at an awkward height, instead slicing a gilt-edged chance wide.
It was an explicable miss from Mbappe, who showed that it can happen to the very best from time to time.
Giroud equals Henry's mark
The 36-year-old was handed a starting berth for Les Bleus against Australia on Tuesday night.
The reigning world champions were heavy favourites heading into the game, but the Socceroos took an early lead through Craig Goodwin.
How France defeated Australia
Australia took a shock lead with the game just nine minutes old. France, whose build-up to the tournament was marred by injuries, saw left-back Lucas Hernandez come off hurt in the move that led to that goal.
However, they recovered to equalise through Rabiot, before Giroud put them ahead with an easy finish in the 32nd minute.