France will begin the defense of their World Cup crown when they take on Australia at Al Wakrah today. Les Bleus will be looking to avoid the fate of previous champions who fell out in the group stage, which will be easier now that Denmark and Tunisia have drawn 0-0. A first game against Australia also looks good, but the Socceroos will be out there to show that they are not just in Qatar to make up the numbers. Here’s how to watch a live stream of France vs Australia in the 2022 World Cup group stage in Qatar.
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France went unbeaten in qualifying and finished top of their group, but dropped points against Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina, two teams they would be expected to beat handily. Didier Deschamps will have to manage without some great players through injury, but the depth of the squad here is second to none. Still, with Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema playing the best football of his career, the Madrid striker will be greatly missed. Luckily, Mbappé seems to play better with Giroud. Still, France has a real chance to retain the title for the first time since Brazil did in 1962.
With Benzema out, Giroud leads France flanked by Dembélé and Mbappé. Antoine Griezmann is ranked number 10.
Australia required a penalty shootout to secure their place in Qatar, but started qualifying in flawless form, winning 11 games in a row. Since booking their plane tickets after that crucial victory over Peru, the Socceroos have only played twice: a couple of friendlies against good neighbors New Zealand, but they won both games without conceding. However, they will face much more difficult tasks in Group D, and they are not much more difficult than the reigning world champions.
Harry Souttar makes his first appearance for the Socceroos since last November tonight, with Atkinson and Rowles also in the starting line-up despite recent injury problems.
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France manager Didier Deschamps had to leave key midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté at home, but Raphaël Varane and Jules Koundé are expected to be back in full fitness for Les Bleus’ opening game.
Hellas Verona midfielder Ajdin Hrustic missed three games recently with an ankle injury but is expected to be ready to face France. Nathaniel Atkinson, Martin Boyle, Cameron Devlin, Kye Rowles and Harry Souttar also recently returned from injury and may not be fit for the match.
France XI: Lloris (GK), L Hernandez, Upamecano, Konate, Pavard, Rabiot, Tchouameni, Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele, Giroud.
Australia XI: Ryan (GK), Atkinson, Rowles, Souttar, Behich, Mooy, McGree, Irvine, Leckie, Duke, Goodwin.
Classification of Group D of the World Cup Russia 2022
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World Cup 2022 Group D schedule
(All times GMT. Subtract 5 hours for EST. Add 11 hours for AEDT)
GROUP D LIGHTS
Tuesday, November 22
13:00 – Denmark vs Tunisia
19:00 France vs Australia
Saturday, November 26
10:00 – Tunisia vs Australia
16:00 France vs Denmark
Wednesday, November 30
15:00 – Tunisia vs France
15:00 Australia vs Denmark