France v Australia: World Cup 2022 – live | World Cup 2022

What was I saying? That route is a long diagonal from Souttar to Leckie from left to right. On the touchline the Melbourne City flyer brings the ball down superbly, goes past Hernandez and clips a perfect teasing cross along the six-yard line for his opposite winger Goodwin to arrive onto and smash into the roof of the net. What a start!

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Here we go, the defending champions are off and running.

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There are fewer household names in Australian gold but Graham Arnold has named an experienced spine starting with former Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan, Stoke City centre-half Harry Souttar, Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy, and the combative, line-leading Mitchell Duke.

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Quite how this XI threatens such a formidable opponent remains to be seen but expect set-pieces to be important. 198cm Souttar has six goals in his 10 internationals and he will be the focal point whenever Australia get a corner or attacking free-kick.

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France’s injury woes have been well reported but even without, deep breath: Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Karim Benzema, Rafael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, and Christopher Nkunku, Didier Deschamps has named an imposing starting XI.

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He’s gone for a youthful and attacking 4-2-3-1 set-up with pace to burn. Good luck keeping up with Dembele and Mbappe on the break.

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— French Team ⭐⭐ (@FrenchTeam) November 22, 2022

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Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of the eighth match of the 2022 World Cup, France v Australia from Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. Kick-off in this group D clash is 10pm local time (6am AEDT/7pm GMT).

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For the second successive tournament France and Australia open their campaigns against one another. In Kazan four years ago the eventual champions ground out a 2-1 victory with a late deflected winner. They will expect a more routine three points tonight.

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There will be few more striking mismatches all tournament, on paper at least. France are holders of the World Cup and winners of the 2021 UEFA Nations League. Even without some notable absentees Les Bleus boast a squad as deep and talented as any in the competition, with a long-serving coach able to blend a side featuring proven campaigners and the brightest prospects in the game.

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By contrast, Australia are ranked 38th by FIFA and required a 20-game odyssey to qualify, one ending in a penalty shootout victory over Peru. Only four members of Graham Arnold’s squad have more than 50 caps (half the group have 10 caps or fewer), and only two are signed to clubs in any of Europe’s top-five leagues. “I don’t know any of the players individually,” Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté said on Sunday.

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France will look to Kylian Mbappé for inspiration, a man valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars with proven World Cup pedigree; Australia to Celtic journeyman Aaron Mooy, one of six Scotland-based Socceroos.

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“You can say our players aren’t playing in the top leagues in the world and all their players are,” Arnold said this week. “But it’s about team spirit, it’s about connecting 11 players – and 26 players – together in a family environment, making sure they’re mates and they’ve got each other’s backs. That’s when you can get special results.”

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But as guaranteed as the result looks ahead of time it still has to be earned, and France know from bitter experience how a World Cup campaign can unravel – especially as defending champions. Besides, it suits Arnold’s character to tap into the “little Aussie battler” trope. “We have got the Aussie DNA,” he said. “We will go out there and have a fight, kick and scratch, do whatever is required.”

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There’s an hour or so before kick-off so feel free to spend that time sending me an email. Or, if you haven’t yet jumped ship, tweet me @JPHowcroft.

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Key occasions

10 minutes: Is it reverse day?

GOAL! France 0-1 Australia (Goodwin, 9)

What was I saying? That route is an extended diagonal from Souttar to Leckie from left to proper. On the touchline the Melbourne City flyer brings the ball down fantastically, goes previous Hernandez and clips an ideal teasing cross alongside the six-yard line for his reverse winger Goodwin to reach onto and smash into the roof of the online. What a begin!

8 minutes: France are completely happy to take a seat off and defend in a mid-block, giving Australia’s protection and Mooy loads of time to pad their passing and move completion stats. The Socceroos are snug on this holding sample however do not seem to have a transparent thought of ​​a path to purpose.

6 minutes: That is till Mbappe skins Atkinson on the left. The first Tasmanian to look at a World Cup would not surrender although and he has sufficient inexperienced and gold assist to smuggle the ball clear.

5 minutes: Australia have settled properly, successful a sequence of second balls and looking out composed recycling possession by Mooy. An absence of incision is inevitable however good indicators nonetheless.

4 minutes: Australia will get a really feel for the ball however it’s kind of congested within the midfield and McGree tries a snapshot from 35m out that’s dragged horribly huge. press wins the ball again excessive up the sector however Goodwin cannot escape down the left.

2 minutes: France on high from the kick-off. They get pleasure from 45 seconds of possession earlier than Australia get a contact, and that features Dembele skinning Behich down the correct and clipping a cross over from which Mbappe earns a nook. The set-piece is flicked on dangerously however the Socceroos clear. Ominous begin from the French.

Ousmane Dembele has an early shot blocked. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Kick off!

Here we go, the defending champions are off and operating.

“Let’s get all the way down to enterprise” booms over the audio system because the gamers huddle. This is the true sound of Qatar, is not it?

SHOWTIME! #AUSvFRA pic.twitter.com/TiRKYiFCRX

— Adrian Arciuli (@Adrian_Arciuli) November 22, 2022

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Anthem time. France already with the early benefit.

Here they arrive, out of the tunnel, France of their fantastically crafted tricolor uniform of darkish blue, white and pink. Australia alongside them in gold jerseys, inexperienced shorts and white socks.

Conditions:

Have a guess? Go on. That’s proper, it is heat and dry in Al Wakrah with temperatures within the low to mid 20s. Fans and gamers shall be cooled by the in-stadium air con.

“As somebody who grew up on Tim Cahill’s dependable World Cup magic, and tries laborious to neglect the 2018 model of the Socceroos, I feel the very best I can anticipate from the boys is a few preventing spirit and to frustrate the world champions for so long as we will comprise them.” Ezra Finkelstein there with an electronic mail that I reckon sums up the sentiments of many Australian followers.

On Australian TV the 2 lead analysts are former internationals John Aloisi and Craig Foster they usually have simply delivered a superb tactical package deal detailing Graham Arnold’s sport plan. Expect a really low block, lengthy diagonal balls to Duke standing in one of many channels to permit for his supporting attackers to feed off him, and a reliance on Souttar from set-pieces.

In case you are simply waking up in Australia and easing into the motion, a fast recap of what is already occurred in Qatar. In quick: six groups, three targets, one penalty save, and the upset of upsets.

Simon McMahon has obtained in contact with some tangerine pleasure, telling me “Australia’s Aziz Behich joined Dundee United in the summertime and can tonight grow to be the primary present United participant to begin a sport within the World Cup finals for, properly, a wee whereas most likely. It’s not fairly Malpas, Gough, Narey, Bannon and Sturrock at Mexico 86, however nonetheless. Harry Souttar additionally began his skilled profession at Tannadice, so go United, and go Australia!”

The Socceroos’ hyperlinks with Scotland go deep, very deep.

Referee: South Africa’s Victor Gomes will blow the whistle at present. He oversaw the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations last between Senegal and Egypt, and acquired plaudits for reporting bribes in a CAF Confederation Cup match.

Also value noting is fourth official Salima Mukansanga, one of many six feminine officers at this match.

South African 🇿🇦 referee Victor Gomes shall be accountable for the final sport at present between the reigning champions France 🇫🇷 & Australia 🇦🇺. He’ll be assisted by countryman Zakhele Siwela & Lesotho’s Souru Phatšoane.

Rwandan 🇷🇼 Salima Mukansanga has been named because the fourth official. pic.twitter.com/KY4qtJBK47

— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) November 22, 2022

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South African 🇿🇦 referee Victor Gomes shall be accountable for the final sport at present between the reigning champions France 🇫🇷 & Australia 🇦🇺. He’ll be assisted by countryman Zakhele Siwela & Lesotho’s Souru Phatšoane.

Rwandan 🇷🇼 Salima Mukansanga has been named because the fourth official. pic.twitter.com/KY4qtJBK47

— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) November 22, 2022

France and Australia and sport, you say? That can solely imply Richie Benaud chewing the fats in Île-de-France, sporting his iconic cream/bone/white/off-white/ivory/beige jacket. And some elephants.

Of course it is solely truthful to share some French content material as properly.

Emma Kemp is our Australian eyes and ears on the bottom in Qatar and he or she’s been busy submitting reviews on all issues Socceroo.

Australia XI

There are fewer family names in Australian gold however Graham Arnold has named an skilled backbone beginning with former Arsenal goalkeeper Mat Ryan, Stoke City center-half Harry Souttar, Celtic midfielder Aaron Mooy, and the combative, line-leading Mitchell Duke.

Quite how this XI threatens such a formidable opponent stays to be seen, however anticipate set-pieces to be necessary. 198cm Souttar has six targets in his 10 internationals and he would be the point of interest each time Australia will get a nook or attacking free-kick.

And for many who would similar to a graphic… pic.twitter.com/t9IxEjuwGO

— Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 22, 2022

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France XI

France’s damage woes have been properly reported however even with out, deep breath: Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Karim Benzema, Rafael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, and Christopher Nkunku, Didier Deschamps has named an imposing beginning XI.

He’s gone for a youthful and attacking 4-2-3-1 set-up with tempo to burn. Good luck maintaining with Dembele and Mbappe on the break.

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Tonight’s match presents our first glimpse of Al Janoub Stadium within the metropolis of Al Wakrah, a smidgen south of Doha CBD. The floor holds 40,000 followers and was designed by the late Zaha Hadid.

“The Qatari stadium’s resemblance to a lady’s personal elements could also be unintentional, however I for one applaud it,” wrote Holly Baxter a number of years in the past. “With its shiny, pinkish tinge, its labia-like facet appendages and its giant opening within the center, the supposedly harmless constructing (based mostly upon the design of a conventional Qatari dhow boat) was simply asking for hassle.”

For her half, Hadid dismissed such ideas as “ridiculous” and “embarrassing”.

I imply…

Preamble

Jonathan Howcroft

Jonathan Howcroft

Hello everybody and welcome to live protection of the eighth match of the 2022 World Cup, France v Australia from Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. Kick-off on this group D conflict is 10pm native time (6am AEDT/7pm GMT).

For the second consecutive match France and Australia open their campaigns towards one another. In Kazan 4 years in the past the eventual champions floor out a 2-1 victory with a late deflected winner. They will anticipate a extra routine three factors tonight.

There shall be few extra placing mismatches all match, on paper not less than. France are holders of the World Cup and winners of the 2021 UEFA Nations League. Even with out some notable absentees, Les Bleus boast a squad as deep and gifted as any within the competitors, with a long-serving coach capable of mix a facet that includes confirmed campaigners and the brightest prospects within the sport.

By distinction, Australia is ranked thirty eighth by FIFA and required a 20-game odyssey to qualify, one ending in a penalty shootout victory over Peru. Only 4 members of Graham Arnold’s squad have greater than 50 caps (half the group have 10 caps or fewer), and solely two are signed to golf equipment in any of Europe’s top-five leagues. “I do not know any of the gamers individually,” Liverpool’s Ibrahima Konaté stated on Sunday.

France will look to Kylian Mbappé for inspiration, a person valued within the tons of of thousands and thousands of {dollars} with confirmed World Cup pedigree; Australia to Celtic journeyman Aaron Mooy, one among six Scotland-based Socceroos.

“You can say our gamers aren’t enjoying within the high leagues on the earth and all their gamers are,” Arnold stated this week. “But it is about staff spirit, it is about connecting 11 gamers – and 26 gamers – collectively in a household atmosphere, ensuring they’re mates they usually’ve obtained one another’s backs. That’s when you will get particular outcomes.”

But as assured because the outcome appears to be like forward of time it nonetheless needs to be earned, and France is aware of from bitter expertise how a World Cup marketing campaign can unravel – particularly as defending champions. Besides, it fits Arnold’s character to faucet into the “little Aussie battler” trope. “We have gotten the Aussie DNA,” he stated. “We will go on the market and have a struggle, kick and scratch, do no matter is required.”

There’s an hour or so earlier than kick-off so be happy to spend that point sending me an electronic mail. Or, if you have not jumped ship but, tweet me @JPHowcroft.

France + Australia = Vaudeville Smash.

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