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Kuol Makes World Cup Debut As Australia Falls To France



Garang Kuol made his World Cup debut for Australia tonight as the Socceroos were soundly defeated by defending champions France 4-1. Kuol came on in the 73rd minute for Craig Goodwin as part of a double switch.

The match started auspiciously for the Aussies as they took the lead through Goodwin in the 9th minute. France soon found their form with a header from Adrien Rabiot to level the match in the 27th minute.

Olivier Giroud put France ahead after Rabiot played provider with a pass into the box that was slotted into the net by the former Gunner. The half ended with France holding the 2-1 advantage.

In the 68th minute, Kylian Mbappe added France’s third with a header. Soon after, it was Mbappe’s turn to provide for Giroud as his cross was headed home by the striker to make it 4-1.

It was at that point that Kuol came into the fray along with fellow Sudanese refugee Awer Mabil. Despite being up by three goals, France pushed for another which meant Kuol had few opportunities to impress on his debut.

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110 comments so far

  • ottawageordie2

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Good for the lad.

    2
  • DrGloom

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Good he got some minutes

    2
  • CLINT FLICK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    ‘on ya’ Garang!
    Hard luck Aussies!

    Nice start.

    Keep the faith!

    4
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Hate public transport!

    0
  • The Taco Taker

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Martoon from previous,

    It is far more complicated than just playing for Aus to get a work permit. To summarise – work permit points are acquired based on the level of domestic and international football someone plays and of course the amount of it. Australia ranks awfully in this system. Also Kuol has not even started a game for his league team or his nation.

    This is why NUFC will want to loan him to a European club in a decent league who will play him regularly (not easy)

    If you want details check here for example:

    https://worldfootballindex.com/2020/12/work-permits-premier-league-post-brexit-english-clubs-efl-libertadores/

    Kuol has a long road yet. I hope he makes it and in Howe and Ashworth I trust.

    5
  • DONK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Sir Rhosis, I live in rural Scotland, we have no public transport!

    0
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Is the blog deed?

    0
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Stand out player so far in the tournament is Mbappe. His acceleration is phenomenal.

    2
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #9

    Donk, quad bike or Land Rover? 🙂

    0
  • martoon

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #10

    The Taco Taker @5 – Cheers – I didn’t realise how complicated it was – but it looks as though a player needs to accumulate 15 points in their points system so loaning to a European club is the easiest way to do this!

    2
  • DONK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #11

    1964 SWB Landy!

    1
  • Wor B

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Donk

    I’ve watched that Shetland detective series on telly, there’s deffo a mini-bus in Scotland.

    🙂

    4
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Christ Donk, that’s before I was born….just 🙂

    0
  • DONK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Wor B, I know, just the one though. It is due past our place in 2030. That’s the year, not half past eight.

    4
  • DONK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Sir, I just have it, I didn’t build it!

    1
  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh gawdd the Man Ure tak will never end now that they are apparently willing to sel the club. First, Ole at the Wheel, then Ten Hag, then Ronaldo and now this! FFS sick to death of them!

    8
  • DONK

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #17

    I couldnae wield a spanner at age 2!

    1
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #18

    JP, they will be v v costly. Another Middle Eastern buyer perhaps?
    Shudder to think.

    1
  • Wor B

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #19

    1962 is a quality vintage.

    1
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #20

    No Donk, but I bet you could have a wee dram and a Woodbine 🙂

    2
  • Ronway

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Our Captain showed everyone how a Captain should behave even when confronted by most of the Iran team.

    He really does think about every aspect of a match.

    https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-kieran-trippier-southgate-iran-25570973

    2
  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2022 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #22

    @Mister T

    Mbappé is as gifted as he’s exasperating at the moment… but what a player, if can be more serious in the games to come, we can hope something in this world Cup.

    0
  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #24

    By the way, so far, England and France are the two most impressives teams in this tournament.

    Rendez vous for the quarterfinal lads?

    5
  • SirRhosis

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #25

    Teatime

    0
  • carltoon

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #26

    Loch! Ooh, that will be good, it certainly needed a makeover,, when It’s really cold, I go into the lounge and watch the second half of the match. So it better be comfortable.

    1
  • Assassins Inc

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #27

    From what I saw today Garang looked scared shitless, yes I know it’s the biggest stage in his career but he’s way to young to be there and way to scared for the premier.
    I have always said age shouldn’t matter and believe that but this kid needs a few years in a second league in Europe to see if he can gain experience.

    6
  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #28

    No reason to be too harsh with Garang, when he entered in play, Australia was totaly hammered by France and barely touched the ball… so was nothing to do for a forward in such a situation.

    9
  • Mort

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #29

    1 million homes in the UK get their energy from Qatars supply. Will these homes reject it now or play hypocrite?

    2
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2022 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Niafron – France got better as the time progressed – but Australia were poor after a good start.

    But in tournament football – the key is progression – getting better and better as the competition progresses.

    After the Aussie goal I bet you were shouting “Mon Dieu, Zut alors, sacre bleu”.

    2
  • niafron

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #31

    @Mister Tuff

    Ahahah!

    The last time a french cursed like that, France was probably still a Monarchy!

    But yes, after 20 minutes, i was worry, cause i seen everything i feared: no pressure, technical errors, few movements and defensive mistakes.

    0
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Mort
    And people in Severn Trent water catchment should boycott their water supplies as they are part owned by a Middle East country
    Should I boycott Northumbria Water cos they are owned by the Chinese because of their appalling human rights record.
    Arghhhhh

    7
  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Naifron, I’d say France are better than England. Better or more fluid in attacking moves.

    Both have slightly dodgy keepers and suspect defences.

    Probably means if they met instead of a high scoring game it’d ve 0-0 and pens (the way unexpected things happen) 😆

    1
  • Mort

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #34

    Charlie people make a fuss like sheeps. If they really wanted to make a stand they would boycott simples. Hypocrisy is one of the biggest traits in humans.

    4
  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #35

    We have made serious errors in selling off some of our companies for a quick buck. Should never let foreign companies own anything to do with our resources -water/gas/fuel/ etc etc.

    Chinese now own Kentucky Fried Chicken!!!

    UK problem has always been not investing in our inventions.
    Our current bunch of politicians (on all sides) are absolutely shocking and not fit to hold any positions never mind being an MP.

    16
  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 22, 2022 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Mort
    In a funny way the World Cup being held in Qatar could be the best thing that happens to loosen some of thevdraconian rules in their country.

    0
  • Wor B

    Nov 23, 2022 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Life is full of tough choices, this from some wag on the BBC web site…

    ‘Pay my Winter energy bill.or buy Man U? Decisions decisions.’
    😆

    4
  • lochinvar

    Nov 23, 2022 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #38

    Donk
    Do you have a Shanks Pony ?

    Are they like Shetland Ponys ?

    1
  • lochinvar

    Nov 23, 2022 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #39

    Ponies

    0
  • lochinvar

    Nov 23, 2022 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #40

    WorB
    pay Man u
    It’ll be cheaper

    2


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