France 0-1 Australia LIVE: Are we in for ANOTHER World Cup shock? Craig Goodwin gives Socceroos early lead against reigning champions on the day Argentina were beaten by Saudi Arabia
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Hernandez wanders in-field but loses the ball cheaply under pressure. Duke pounces and takes a touch before unleashing an absolute piledriver that fizzles wide of the post to Lloris’ left.
Another warning sign for France, who have looked rattled since Goodwin’s goal.
Irvine leaves one on Tchouameni, but the referee waves play on. France continue to see more of the ball, but most of their attacks have repeatedly come unstuck around the box, where they can’t find a way past a well-organised Aussie defence.
Rabiot loses the ball cheaply in midfield, allowing Australia to regain possession and slow down the tempo again. France and Rabiot in particular have been sloppy in the middle of the park, while the Socceroos have been tactically excellent so far.
When it rains, it pours and France are forced into an early change with Lucas Hernandez replaced by his brother Theo. The French full-back went down in pain as Leckie skipped past him to deliver the cross that led to Goodwin’s goal and hobbles off the field in clear distress.
Australia lead! Out of nowhere! Souttar plays a delightful diagonal crossfield ball to Leckie, who brings it under control and beats Hernandez, before playing an inviting ball across the box.
Goodwin times his back post run splendidly and rifles it in. What a finish and what a moment.
The Aussies have settled into this nicely, working hard off the ball to keep their shape and looking to recycle possession whenever they manage to win the ball back. They are, however, finding it hard to find space in between the lines with the middle of the park looking very congested early doors.
Australia enjoy a brief spell of possession, but it comes to nothing and France come again. The pattern for the game already appears to have been set, with Les Bleus enjoying the lion’s share of possession and the Socceroos diligently sticking to their 4-5-1, with the full-backs tucked deep to minimise the threat posed by Mbappe and Dembele.
Bright start from France as Dembele beats Behich down the right wing with an ease and gets to the byline, from where he floats a teasing ball across Australia’s penalty box to Mbappe. The PSG man turns one way then the other, but his cross is cleared behind for a corner.
And we’re off! France get us underway.
FRANCE: Lloris, Pavard, Upamecano, Konaté, Lucas Hernández, Rabiot, Tchouaméni, Mbappé, Griezmann, Dembélé, Giroud
AUSTRALIA: Ryan, Behich, Rowels, Souttar, Atkinson, Irvine, Mooy, McGree, Goodwin, Duke, Leckie
France and Australia are out on the pitch at the Al Janoub Stadium, in front of what looks to be a bigger crowd than we have seen in some of the other games.
Time for the first rendition of La Marseillaise at the 2022 World Cup, followed by Advance Australia Fair.
There’s plenty of green and gold in the stands but it’s advantage France as far as the anthems are concerned.
Mark Schwarzer has also been speaking on the BBC and is not particularly surprised by the XI Graham Arnold has selected.
‘There’s no real major surprises. [Some] forced changes through injury, so the line-up almost picked itself. Goodwin is a slight surprise,’ he says.
Asked about Australia’s chances of springing an upset, the former Fulham and Middlesbrough man is quietly confident.
‘It’s massive of course, the current world champions, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Olivier] Giroud, [Antoine] Griezmann, I’m excited but nervous and hope we put on a show and maybe cause an upset,’ he says.
‘This game is the opener. We did it in 2010 when we lost to Germany and were up against it. As long as we stay competitive and give ourselves a chance after this game.’
The BBC panel have been discussing Karim Benzema’s absence and Alan Shearer believes France will not miss their talismanic striker, with Olivier Giroud more than capable to provide the perfect foil for Kylian Mbappe.
‘He [Giroud] is going to have to play an important role tonight,’ Shearer says.
‘He has a weird understanding with [Kylian] Mbappe. Yes it would have been great to see [Karim] Benzema but I’m not sure he [Mbappe] will be that disappointed [by Giroud playing in place of Benzema].’
France playing Australia is the perfect excuse, if ever any were needed, to wheel out this classic featuring the late, great Richie Benaud talking cricket with a French broadcaster. A timeless classic.
We are three games down and one to go on day three of the 2022 World Cup and here’s a quick recap of the main headlines.
Saudi Arabia produced one of the great World Cup shocks, coming from behind to beat Argentina 2-1 earlier today courtesy of a stunning strike from Salem Al-Dawsari. It was an upset of seismic proportions, comparable to the one La Seleccion suffered 32 years ago, when the then-defending champions were beaten 1-0 by Cameroon in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup.
You can read more about how Argentina were left stunned by Saudi Arabia below. Elsewhere, Denmark and Tunisia got the ball rolling in Group D with an entertaining 0-0 draw that featured a disallowed goal, an early contender for miss of the season and some late VAR controversy.
Mexico’s 0-0 with Poland was far from entertaining, although it did feature the rare sight of Robert Lewandowski missing a penalty.
At the age of 36 years & 54 days old, Olivier Giroud will become Les Bleus’ oldest player in World Cup history tonight. At the other end of the scale, Kylian Mbappe is the youngest Frenchman to reach 60th caps for France at the age of 23 years & 337 days old. Meanwhile, Didier Deschamps sets a new record for most major international tournaments out of any France coaches as he takes charge of his third World Cup – he also led them at Euro 2016 and Euro 2020.
And Antoine Griezmann is the first player in French football history to appear in 24 consecutive European Championship and/or World Cup matches for France
Tonight, Didier Deschamps kicks off his 5th major tournament as France boss – the most amount of tournaments presided over by any France coach in history – via @PSSportsFR.
Here’s France’s starting XI for tonight.
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Here’s Australia’s starting XI for tonight.
And for those who would just like a graphic… pic.twitter.com/t9IxEjuwGO
Back to the World Cup and we’re just over an hour from kick-off, which feels like the perfect time to introduce tonight’s venue.
France’s fixture against Australia will take place at the Al Janoub Stadium – which is located in Al-Wakrah, 17km south of Doha.
Designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the Al Janoub Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and includes a smart retractable roof.
The stadium will host games from Groups D, G and H, as well as one Round of 16 clash.
If you thought you could go a day without hearing about Cristiano Ronaldo and his deteriorating relationship with Manchester United, then I have bad news for you. Which is also simultaneously good news, as United and the Portuguese have announced they’re parting ways for the second time and, one suspects, for good effective immediately.
It demonstrates the strength of world champions France that even without injured stars Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, their midfield still looks brilliant.
Real Madrid pair Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga could line up in an ultra-mobile, technically superb midfield pivot, with the promising Youssouf Fofana and talented ball players like Adrien Rabiot and Jordan Veretout as well.
And there are plenty of others who have a good argument that they should have earned a spot in the 26-man group, with a Champions League-winning Real Madrid defender, several Premier League stars and a hotshot striker also not making the cut.
In fact, France’s resources are so strong that even a team made up of players who missed out on their World Cup squad – announced by manager Didier Deschamps on Wednesday – could still have a good run at the trophy in Qatar.
And so with that in mind, Sportsmail has compiled an all-star line-up from those not selected, whether due to injury or otherwise, and presents an insanely strong XI of those who missed out.
You can read more here.
While the Aussies might not have the pedigree of some of the larger nations like Brazil, France and England, the old saying holds true: it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
From the part-timers in 1974 taking on hosts and eventual champions West Germany to Hiddink’s class of 2006, the Socceroos have often punched above their weight and contributed to some memorable moments.
Here, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the five best moments from the Socceroos’ previous campaigns as they look to do their fans proud in Qatar.
Graham Arnold knows all about 2006 as he was Guus Hiddink’s assistant as the Socceroos made history in Germany.
The Dutchman was in charge of Australia for just 12 months but completely changed the perception of the Socceroos on the international stage. Here’s how.
Australia haven’t won a game at the World Cup since 2010, but 16 years they made it all the way to the Round of 16. You know the story, John Aloisi’s penalty against Uruguay, Tim Cahill’s late double against Japan and Harry Kewell’s crucial goal against Japan.
And with kick-off two hours away, it’s the perfect time to relive that exhilarating weeks in all their glory.
It’s 0-0 at half-time between Mexico and Poland in Group C and it would be fair to say it hasn’t been a classic. You can follow live coverage of that game in our dedicated blog here.
In most countries that have qualified for the World Cup, players are household names.
But it appeared a very different situation in Sydney on Tuesday morning, just before Australia’s first match against the reigning World Cup champions
Daily Mail Australia hit the CBD – the central business district for those of you not familiar with Aussie lingo – with a team photo of the Socceroos and asked passersby if they could name any of the players in the image – without much luck.
You can read the full story below.
A number of France players sparked controversy this week, after claiming they had little more than a passing knowledge of the Socceroos.
Oliver Giroud admitted his side hadn’t done any homework on the Aussies – despite being pushed hard in a 2-1 win over Australia in the group stages at the 2018 World Cup.
Defender Ibrahima Konate and midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, admitted they couldn’t identify anyone in the team they are about to play – even though both had come up against members at club level.
Australian players who didn’t make Graham Arnold’s 26-man squad, former Socceroos glories and a host of current Matilda stars have sent their best wishes to the Socceroos in Qatar.
The whole nation is behind you, @Socceroos 💪🇦🇺#SupportingThePlayers #GoSocceroos #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/GMN4CKOhnk
Denmark and Tunisia got the ball rolling in Group D earlier this afternoon with a rather entertaining stalemate draw, which involved a goal ruled for offside, an early contender for miss of the tournament and some late VAR controversy.
How has that not gone in!!
Tunisia get away with one as Denmark's Andreas Cornelius amazingly manages to miss the target!! 🤯#ITVFootball | #FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/yyFCaqgDVA
The Socceroos may not have kicked a ball in anger yet, but the World Cup in Australia has already got off to a poor start for SBS. The broadcaster has got their World Cup coverage off to a poor start after they included the wrong nation in one of the groups at the World Cup.
SBS begin their marathon coverage of the major tournament, broadcasting every single match from the Qatar event – including Australia’s three Group D matches starting with France early on Wednesday morning.
However, the host broadcaster made a major faux pas when it listed Belarus in Group F, instead of leading contenders Belgium.
As the pundits picked apart each group heading into the competition, Belarus were listed next to the Belgian flag alongside Group F rivals Canada, Morocco and Croatia.
Belarus and Belgium were drawn in the same qualifying group to reach the tournament, but the Red Devils coasted through to Qatar while Belarus only picked up one win.
The game doesn’t kick off for another three hours, but the Get French Football News account has gone early with team news.
It should be noted that they are extremely reliable, so make of that what you will.
France XI vs Australia: Lloris – Pavard, Konaté, Upamecano, L.Hernandez – Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé – Giroud.
Australia face arguably the most daunting World Cup opener of any side at this year’s tournament in Qatar, but John Aloisi believes the Socceroos can pull off a shock upset over France.
And Aloisi has revealed why FIFA’s decision to allow five substitutes, rather than three, at this year’s tournament will be of huge benefit to the physical Socceroos against the French.
‘It definitely helps us, subs make a big difference,’ he told Wide World of Sports.
‘A lot of the teams now at the highest level, their wingers are just so good – and then when they take off the winger they bring on another one that’s just as good.
‘So if you’re fatigued your decision making isn’t as good, so don’t be surprised – and back in the day nobody really made substitutions and took off a fullback – now that can happen pretty much because of that reason.
‘You’re virtually changing half your team, and so that’s a big plus for a team that runs and fights and works hard so you can keep your intensity at that level for 90 minutes.’
Just over 12 months ago, France arrived at the rearranged European Championships as favourites to add continental glory to the World Cup they won in Russia in 2018.
Didier Deschamps had a squad full of talent that still featured a large contingent of the group that delivered the World Cup title. It was hoped that continuity would pave the way for more success.
On paper their group looked rather difficult, though. Tough tests with Portugal and Germany awaited in the first stage of the competition, mammoth clashes that are usually saved for the nail-biting backdrop of knockout football.
Les Bleus would also play Hungary and, while you might think they would be the group’s whipping boys, they were playing two of their three group games (including against the French) in their raucous national stadium in Budapest.
It all unraveled in quintessential French fashion, with parents getting involved and players sniping at their teammates. Here’s a comprehensive recap.
Australia’s preparations were dealt a major blow on Saturday after Martin Boyle was ruled for the tournament after failing to recover from a knee injury he suffered last month while playing for Hibernian.
Boyle, one of three Scottish-born players in the squad, has been replaced by Melbourne City winger Marco Tilio.
Socceroos great and analyst Craig Foster has called on every player in the squad to help fill the void.
Foster had earlier predicted the speed of Boyle to be a major threat against France, suggesting the Hibs star could cause trouble for Les Blues if allowed to get in behind their back four.
Now that Boyle has officially been ruled out, Foster says the responsibility will fall on all the attacking players to pile the pressure on France – and insists coach Graham Arnold can’t fall into the trap of playing too defensively.
‘There’s plenty of attacking talent,’ he said.
‘You’ve got Mitch Duke who can play on the wings or upfront, you’ve Awer Mabil who plays there, you’ve got a range of options.
‘Every player is going to be called upon.’
You can read Foster’s full interview with Daily Mail Australia here.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is a die-hard NRL and AFL fan, wearing his South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Swans allegiances proudly on his sleeve. It appears the Aussie premier is also a football fan and here he wishing the Socceroos all the best as they embark on their World Cup campaign.
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Australia may have become regular guests at the World Cup, but wins on the biggest stage of all have proved very hard to come by for the Socceroos.
After ending a 32-year wait for a World Cup spot in 2006, Australia have not missed the tournament since.
However, there has been precious little to celebrate for the Socceroos, who finished bottom of their group both in 2014 and 2018 with a solitary point across the two tournaments.
In fact, it’s been over 12 years since Australia won a game at the World Cup, with Tim Cahill and Brett Holman combining to beat Serbia 2-1 at the Mbombela Stadium in Neisprut in the final Group D fixture of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Here, Sportsmail takes a look at what happened to the Socceroos who last won a World Cup game.
France arrive in Qatar hoping to become the first team to win football’s biggest prize in back-to-back World Cups since Brazil lifted it in 1958 and 1962.
Argentina and Brazil made the finals in 1990 and 1998 as defending champions, but both failed agonisingly short of defending their titles – the latter, ironically, to a France team captained by Deschamps.
The omens, however, aren’t particularly good.
Injuries aside, no European side has ever made it out of the group stages after winning the tournament four years earlier.
France and Australia met at the same stage four years ago, with Les Bleus opening their World Cup campaign with a nervy win in Kazan.
Antoine Griezmann put France ahead from the spot halfway through the second half, before Mile Jedinak replied from 12 yards within four minutes. An Aziz Behich own goal nine minutes from time eventually proved to be the difference.
Four years on after triumphing in Russia, Didier Deschamps takes charge of his third World Cup as France’s head coach.
It hasn’t been all smooth-sailing for his side since lifting the trophy into the Moscow sky back in 2018, with Les Bleus being dumped out of last year’s Euros by Switzerland, and flattering to deceive in the Nations League.
With Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Christopher Nkunku missing the tournament through injury, France are far from being at full strength.
That could open the door for Australia, who scraped into the competition thanks to penalty shootout heroics from Andrew Redmayne against Peru in their crunch qualifier over the summer.
Graham Arnold isn’t blessed with the strongest Socceroos squad, compared to glorious years gone by, but will hope that the battling Australian spirit will result in a magical run this year.
Good afternoon – or a very early good morning if you are following us from Down Under – and welcome along to Sportsmail’s coverage of France vs Australia.
Denmark and Tunisia got the ball rolling in Group D earlier this afternoon with a 0-0 draw and tonight we have the small matter of the defending champions opening their campaign against the Socceroos at the Al Janoub Stadium.
Kick-off is still some four hours away, but fear not. We will have all the build-up ahead of the game, including team news and all the reactions to the other Group D fixture which has only just ended.
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