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FIFA World Cup: We need to deal with crosses better, says Australia's Jackson Irvine after loss against France

Australia's Jackson Irvine has said the team needs to deal with crosses better after their loss against France. Les Bleus beat the Socceroos 4-1 in their opening group-stage match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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Irvine says Australia needs to deal with crosses in better manner (AP)

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  • Irvine says Australia needs to deal with crosses in a better manner
  • Irvine says team learned tactical lessons after loss vs France
  • France beat Australia 4-1 in FIFA World Cup

By India Today Web Desk: Australia's Jackson Irvine has said the team needs to deal with crosses better after their loss against France. Les Bleus beat the Socceroos 4-1 in their opening group-stage match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Speaking after their loss, Irvine said they learned tactical lessons in their loss, insisting the team needs to deal with crosses in a better manner.

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“Tactically, obviously, the lesson is learned. We needed to find crosses better. You know, that's something we'll work on. You know, conceding three goals from, from wide areas is, you know, obviously a very clear, clear lesson for us to learn," said Irvine.

"Then obviously, looking at their threats, when we analyze the opposition coming into next couple of days and looking at what we can do to nullify them through our own structures that we always have defensively, we obviously have to deal with the crosses better. If I can make that as a simple way to start, because, you know, at this point to lose three goals from from those wide areas,” Irvine added.

France's oldest campaigner and their biggest aerial threat in this World Cup - Giroud, brought out his vintage best in a 10-minute burst towards the later stages of the first half to score his first goal of the day. He peeled off his marker to fire Adrien Rabiots’s cut-back to give France the lead in the 32nd minute.

In the second half, Giroud attempted an acrobatic bicycle kick that could’ve been a contender for goal of the season but missed the goal by a few inches. But he found the telling touch when Kylian Mbappe floated a ball from the left flank, which was met by Giroud, who out-jumped the Australian defenders to bag his second of the day.

Rabiot and Mbappe were the other two goal-scorers for Les Bleus as they routed the Socceroos 4-1 at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.