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.