Olivier Giroud hoping Socceroos can reach knockout stages

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The France striker was so impressed by Australia he feels they deserve a spot in the round of 16

France were fortunate to claim a 2-1 win against Australia in their opening game and key striker Olivier Giroud hopes the Socceroos are rewarded for their efforts with progression to the knockout stages.

Two tough games against Denmark and Peru loom for Australia but they can take some solace from a strong performance against the French.

While undoubtedly disappointed not to get a draw, the Socceroos should hold their heads highs according to Giroud, who is hoping the green and gold can scrape through to the round of 16.

"I would like to say to Australians that they can be proud of their team," Giroud told Optus Sport.

"They played with their quality and they never give up.

"I hope they're gonna go through to the second stage."

Progression from Group C will be an uphill battle for Australia with Denmark's 1-0 win over Peru doing them no favours. 

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France coach Didier Deschamps echoed Giroud's praise for the green and gold, conceding Australia made life difficult for his side.

"It was not easy, but winning the first game was important," Deschamps said. 

"This team gave us a hard time. We had trouble changing rythm and were not really precise in ball control but they were not dangerous."