Celtic star Mooy bursting with praise for "world class" France after Australia thumping

By Dave Flanigan

November 24, 2022

Celtic and Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy has gushed over the world champions France after Didier Deschamps’ side trounced the Socceroos 4-1 in their World Cup group stage opener on Tuesday.

Australia actually took a shock lead against France when Craig Goodwin fired Graham Arnold’s side ahead inside ten minutes, but Mooy and co. were unable to withstand the seemingly-endless waves of French attacks as two goals in each half ensured a comfortable victory for Les Bleus.

Though Mooy was effervescent in his praise for a slick display, he agreed with Celtic coach Harry Kewell’s assessment in commentary that Australia were overly negative after taking the lead.

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As reported by World Wide Sports, Mooy said: “We started the game well, and then sort of went into our shells a little bit. They’re a good team – they’re world champions for a reason.”

“We just tried to be compact through the middle, which I think we did alright, but then they went around the sides and delivered – three of the goals were crosses. They were quality deliveries into the box, and the movement? World class.”

“They find a way, they have the end product, they’re smart players – stuff like this, you can see it watching. They wait for the right moments and punish you.”

The result – in tandem with Tunisia’s draw with Denmark, leaves Saturday’s game against the African side (10am kick-off UK time) critical for the Socceroos if they’re to qualify for the knockout stage in Qatar, with Mooy asserting that Australia will need to be more positive if they’re to progress.

He said: “We did really well at the start and sort of woke them up – then we sat off a bit too much. But still, I think, we tried to do what the game plan was.”

“We’ll be going at it for sure, because we have to win to stay in the competition – I don’t know exactly [what will change] but I’m sure we’ll find out in the next day or so.”

We ran the rule over Mooy’s performance on Tuesday night at the full-time whistle, in what was a difficult for not just him, but most of Graham Arnold’s side against a team bursting with quality.

After the Tunisia game, the Socceroos face Denmark in their Group D closer next Wednesday (3pm UK kick-off).

The winners of Australia’s group will face the runners-up of Group C and vice-versa, with one of Argentina, Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia awaiting Mooy and the Australia team if they can qualify in at least second place.

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