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FRA vs AUS Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
2 - 1
A. Griezmann (P) 58'
A. Behich (OG) 80'
62' M. Jedinak (P)

France have got the win they wanted. But the Aussies made sure they toiled for it. Antoine Griezmann put France in front with the first VAR approved penalty decision. Jedinak drew level for the Aussies, once again from the spot, after Umtiti handled the ball from an Aaron Mooy set-piece. 

Ultimately, Paul Pogba saved the day for 
Les Bleues after combining to great effect on the edge of the area with Olivier Giroud and with a fair amount of good fortune to buoy the finish just past the goalline.

It finishes France 2-1 Australia.

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94' Pogba tries to drag the ball clear after another Aussie attack is dismissed by Parvard. Pogba gets pushed to the floor and wins a freekick.
94' France somehow get it clear and they will break for the last time today. But Lucas Hernandez is stopped on the left flank before he can feed the ball to one of Mbappe or Giroud. France have a throw-in.
93' Risdon cuts in from the right and dinks the ball in to a dangerous area but Umtiti nods it clear. Long throw coming in from the left side from Behich.
92' 3 minutes to go. Can the Aussies pull a rabbit out of the hat? Can they salvage the dead bird in the box?
91' France taking their sweet time with a throw-in from the left flank. They should see this one out easily, the way they have been controlling the game for the past 20 minutes or so.
90' 5 minutes added on.
89' N;Golo Kante slaloms past 3 Aussie players, taking them out of the game and feeds the ball to Mbappe. He rounds the keeper but is too far away from goal and instead crosses it to the other side of the box for Fekir. Fekir lays it off to Pogba but the defenders get back just in time and steal the ball away from him before he could do something about it.
87' Fekir slams it on to the wall and the ball goes out for a throw-in.
85' Olivier Giroud is cautioned as he pulls Risdon to the ground on the left side. Immediately afterwards, Behich tugs Fekir to the ground on the other side and gets a yellow card. Fekir will take it. Dangerous position.
84' Fekir is brought down near the centre of the park with 5 minutes to go.
83' Fekir takes the corner. Pogba flicks it on and Ryan comes out to punch it clear. The ball falls to a French player but he skies it.
82' France find themselves in a 3 on 1 situation but it is on the left flank and Hernandez's cross is sniffed out and headed out of danger. France win a corner.

He starts the move himself and plays a neat little one-two with Giroud at the edge of the box and tries to flick it over Matt Ryan. Gets a fortuitous deflection that buoys the ball over the Aussie goalkeeper's head. The ball hits the crossbar, bounces inside and comes out. But VAR comes to the rescue and the referee points to the centre and the goal is awarded.
79' France look devoid of any kindof creativity in the final third as Mbappe fails to combine with Giroud on the edge of the area.
77' Substitution for France.

Tolisso off. Matuidi on.
76' Mooy spreads it out to Risdon on the right but the latter lets him down with a poor cross that's deflected out for a throw-in.
75' Tolisso gets a yellow card. He trips Juric as he breaks into a 3 on 2 situation. Came from behind. Clear yellow.
73' Irvine spreads the ball to the right wing and takes on Lucas Hernandez but to no avail. France break forward but Nabil Fekir's ball in search of Giroud was miscalculated and another attack is scuppered.
72' Pavard tracks back and stops a threatening Aussie counter with a well timed slide tackle.
71' Pogba plays a long ball into the box. But Giroud can't get on the end of it and France have a corner (not sure how that transpired). The corner comes to nothing as once the ball is deflected out of the box, Pavard goes for an audacious attempt at a volley and sends the ball searching for a satellite.
70' Substitution for Australia.

Rogic off. Irvine on.
69' Substitution for France.

Dembele off. Nabik Fekir in. Liverpool fans, are you watching? Hehehe
68' Substitution for France.

Griezmann off. Giroud on.
66' Robbie Kruse is mowed down on the left side of the park. Good spell for the Aussies as they gain several yards and are messing wth the Frenchman in the final third. But Leckie's horrible backpass is almost picked up by Griezmann before Matt Ryan reaches it and clears the danger.
My esteemed colleague Amit Mishra has ruined the mood with his joke, "Leckie just got lucky." 

I know.
64' Can France bounce back? They look a bit devoid of inspiration. 
63' Substitution for Australia.

Nabbout off. Juric on.
62' 28 minutes to go and there's every reason to be excited for the finale.
60' Oh God, that's an awful picture. Umtiti, inexplicably has his hands in the air like he's calling for God and handles the ball.
59' Australia have a freekick on the right side of the box. He plays it into the far post. The Socceroos appeal for a handball and the referee deems Umtiti guilty of handling the ball.
58' OH GRIEZZY! Could have been a double inside a minute for Antoine Griezmann there. He starts it off with a well weighted through ball to free Mbappe on the left side and he prances into the box and then cuts in and slides it across. Some pinball activity later Griezmann gets to go at goal but his shot is rather tame. The ball returns to him fortuitously but his follow-up shot is nothing worthy of commendation either.
56' First ever review in a football World Cup and it goes in France's favour. Antoine Griezmann will take it. Fingers crossed.
54' PENALTY FOR FRANCE! That looked real soft from the replays but rules are rules. Here comes a talking point from the game.
53' OH LORD! What just happened? Paul Pogba plays a spectacular threaded ball for both Griezmann to chase but Ridson lunges in from behind and saves the day. Or has he? It goes to VAR! It's a potential penalty kick for France.
52' Leckie has the ball on the right side. He holds on to it before releasing Ridson into a crossing position. Ridson drives it in but Varane intervenes right before Nabbout can put the finishing touches on it.
49' Since 1974, Australia have never kept a cleansheet in a World Cup game. Woah, France needs to up their game, eh?
48' Leckie's delinquent streak kicks on. He elbows Lucas Hernandez as they both rise to meet an aerial ball played into Australia's attacking half.
47' Pogba cleverly turns around and slides the ball to Lucas Hernandez on the left side but his cross is hit straight at Matt Ryan.
46' A rather slow start to proceedings in the second half as Australia try to labour their way out of their own half. The Frenchman press hard and high and win a throw-in on the left side. Pogba rolls the ball inward and now they are on the front foot.
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!  And we're off in the second half! We hope this will be a very different set of 45 minutes.
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! That's that in the first half. It is looking good for the Aussies. They seem to have an answer for every question the French have asked them. Can Didier Deschamps inspire the Frenchman with some good ol' pep talk? Let's see.

Kruse is released on the left flank by Rogic and his ball in is deflected out of the box. But he latches on to it and lets one fly but it goes just above Lloris's far post.
44' Dembele whips one in from the right flank but it goes straight into the hands of Matt Ryan.
42' Pogba's beautiful ball into the box is falling perfectly for Griezmann but Sainsbury's outstretched leg foils Les Bleues' plans once again.
41' Kante sweeps the ball out to the left side for Hernandez and they string a couple of passes together but they still can't get that final ball away!
39' Pogba plays quite a disappointing ball as he tries to find Pavard on the right side of the box and relinquishes possession. Australia will try to work forward from the back once again. Kante fouls Rogic on the Socceroos' right wing and they win a freekick. It's near the centre of the park.
38' Leckie needs to be careful here. he absolutely lays into Hernandez near the corner flag as the latter tries to smack the ball clear. Leckie immediately goes towards the referee and pleads his case. Don't wanna be walking on borrowed time, mate.
37' The Aussies try to build from the back but France are pressing high and are not affording a moment's peace to the Socceroos as they keep queering their pitches.
35' Aaron Mooy stops Mbappe in his tracks with a delightful tackle after the latter latches on to a mispass in the left side of the field.
34' Tolisso plays a lobbed ball for Lucas Hernandez but Leckie is there to calmly guide it back to Matt Ryan.
32' Tolisso plays the ball inwards from the right flank. Pogba dummies and lets it roll to Griezmann who then feeds it to Hernandez, who is free on the left side. His cross is cleared for a corner. Dembele's corner, however, is hit straight at Matt Ryan.
31' Plenty of possession for France now. Tolisso tries to play Mbappe clear into the box but Milligan gets a foot in and scotches it. France will need to try again.
29' N'Golo Kante does what he does best as he tracks back and steals the ball from Rogic on the edge of the area. France breaks on the counter. Griezmann is fed an absolutely delightful ball into the box and the Atletico henchman rises to bring it down but Sainsbury proves to be up to the task and somehow stops the diminutive Griezmann from getting a shot away. Danger thwarted.
29' Hernandez makes a marauding run down the left flank and slides past 2 players before Ridson wins the ball back with a spectacular sliding tackle right before the Atletico wing back can put his boot through it and swing the ball into the box. Good defending.
28' Hugo Lloris flings himself and plucks the ball out of thin air to calm the nerves in the French camp.
27' Mooy is on the ball. Can he put in a telling cross?
27' Pogba leans into Leckie on Australia's right flank and the Socceroos have yet another set-piece in a dangerous position.
25' Flash of brilliance from Mbappe as he pirouettes past a sliding Ridson but is stopped immediately after by Sainsbury. Pogba is pulling the strings in midfield though. He looks confident.
24' Pogba plays yet anther one of his delightful lobbed balls into the path of Pavard on the wings. The youngster tries to flick it into the box, first time, but his attempted pass is blocked off and taken care of by Milligan.
22' Dembele motors ahead down the left side and he turns on the afterburners but Sainsbury bodychecks him but Dembele goes down too easy. No freekick. The ball rolls out of play for a goalkick.
21' The game has slipped into a dull phase as Australia are growing to look more comfortable on the ball.
19' This game has had too many stoppages now. Jedinak clatters into Tolisso as both of them hop up in the air to win the ball. Freekick for France.
18' Leckie checks and keeps the ball on the right flank before committing too hard to snatch the ball back from Lucas Hernandez and concedes a freekick.

16' Pavard brings Kruse down on the left side and Australia have yet another opportunity to put a ball into the box. Mooy is on it.
15' Australia keeping the ball in midfield now but they are hardly gaining any ground as France defend compactly. Milligan plays a long ball but Varane plays it clear for a throw before it reaches Mooy.
14' Oh Pogba! Another fine, clever ball into the box but Mbappe can't quite reach it before Ryan comes out to gather it. Promising stuff.
13' Aaron Mooy heads the set-piece clear and France have a corner. Dembele on corner duty. It is headed clear but France keep possession.
12' Pogba plays a lovely chipped ball for Griezmann on the left side of the box. He heads it back for Lucas Hernandez to pounce upon but Leckie slides into him and takes him out from behind and gets a hard-earned yellow card. France have a freekick from a threatening position now on the left flank and Griezmann will take it.
11' Mooy takes the freekick and Robbie Kruse heads it into the stands. One for the fans, eh?
10' Milligan hoists the ball into the air and tries to play in Nabbout with a speculative ball which Varane brings down and reverts it back to release France on the counter. However, a long ball to Griezmann is a bit too heavy and it ends up in Ryan's hands. He plays it out and long and Australia win a freekick on the left flank in a dangerous area.
8' Jedinak tries to pass through the lines from midfield and sends it long, through the ground, but it just stops short of Nabbout. And France will try to break on the counter.
7' Ryan makes his 4th stop in 8 minutes as the Mbappe's set-piece delivery is deflected straight into his hands.
7' Pogba slides the ball to the left side for Lucas Hernandez to fly down the wings but he's pulled down by Ridson and France have a freekick in a potentially dangerous area. Kylian Mbappe stands by the ball. He can swing this in.
5' France break on the counter as Dembele prances in to the centre from the left side and gives it off to Pogba. Pogba lays it off to Griezmann who goes for goal with his right foot and it's a decent attempt but Ryan gets down and takes care of it.
4' Pogbaa! He gets the ball to rise, he gets it to dip but he just doesn't get the direction and it falls comfortably for Ryan who gobbles it up.
3' Umtiti feeds a long ball fizzing through the ground to Mbappe who is standing right outside the box and he gets pushed to the ground and France have a freekick from 25 yards. Pogba and Griezmann are standing by the ball.
1' Kylian Mbappe is at it already! The teenager is played in by Tolisso and he smashes it from the right side of the box but Ryan parries it for a corner. Nothing comes from it though. But a bright start which shows how exciting this France side can be.
1' The Socceroos have got the game underway and the ball is straightaway bunged into the stands. Not an entirely reassuring sight to start with.
PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! And we're off in the first match of Group C! France will be attacking from right to left on the tv screen.
The national anthems are being rung out and the pre-match diplomatic proceedings are well on course!
We're minutes away from kickoff! It's business time at the Kazan Arena in Tatarstan. It's a beautiful, sunny day and we can't wait for the action to begin.

France and Australia are in their classic kits. The Frenchman in their soothing blues and the Aussies are donning their classic yellow. It's the first fixture of Group C and it has the potential to be an exciting encounter.
What’s a World Cup without the Blues, eh? Look at those names on the bloody list: Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, N’Golo Kante… the lads from France are here. So please make way as they escort some hair-raising swagger to the grandest spectacle on the planet.

The Socceroos have quite a task to step up to. Can they hold their own against a rampant French side? We can only wait and watch. We got Premier League's very own Aaron Mooy among the more distinguishable names for the Aussies. Add the veteran Jedinak and Leckie to the mix and you'll realize they are not mere pushovers.

And if you were wondering, yes, we’re still hung over from that scintillating Iberian derby. Cristiano Ronaldo has laid down the law. Can Leo Messi do one better and execute an amendment? Argentina will take on the Vikings from Iceland.

We come from the land of the ice and snow,
From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow
The hammer of the gods
Will drive our ships to new lands!

And if you're in the mood to read, here's Zeeshan Ali summing up Cristiano Ronaldo like only he can: World Cup 2018: Doesn't matter what the question is, Cristiano Ronaldo is the answer

And here's yours truly awestruck by the beautiful game: WC 2018: Portugal vs Spain reminds us why the World Cup is the grandest spectacle

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France vs Australia: Confirmed lineups

France Confirmed Lineup: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Pavard; N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso; Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann

Australia Confirmed Lineup: Matt Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Aziz Behich; Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic; Mathew Leckie, Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout.
France vs Australia: Team News, Probable Lineup and Prediction

France vs Australia: Kickoff information

16th June 2018
Kickoff time:
1:00 pm (BST), 15:30 pm

France vs Australia: Team News

This France side is expected to go all the way in Russia and for good reason. The amount of talent they have at their disposal is ridiculous. While Hugo Lloris will start between the sticks, it is not entirely clear who will be defending alongside Raphael Varane.

In midfield, big things are expected of the duo of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante. But it is France's frontline that looks the most menacing. Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann will be in charge of the goalscoring duties for Didier Deschamps' side.

On the other hand, it will be interesting to see how Bert van Marwijk decides to line up the Socceroos. This might not be the match that they'd desperately want to win but they'd sure like to cling on for dear lives and avoid embarrassment at all costs to keep their chances of progressing alive.

Matt Ryan will be guarding the goal. Risdon, Sainsbury, Jedinak and Behich are expected to keep their places in the starting XI. In midfield, Jackson Irvine might be included for his physical prowess. Mooy will be their key man, however. Jurich is expected to lead the line in attack.

France vs Australia: Probable lineups

France: Hugo Lloris; Benjamin Mendy, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Sidibe; N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Tolisso; Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann

Australia: Matt Ryan; Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury, Mile Jedinak, Aziz Behich; Luongo, Aaron Mooy, Leckie, Robbie Kruse, Irvine; Tomi Juric.

France vs Australia: Form guide

France: L-W-W-W-D

After conceding a shock comeback defeat to Colombia, France have looked less complacent and have benefitted from it. When their attackers are in full flow, there is virtually no stopping them. It's hard to even keep up with them. One second they're there and in the next, they turn on the afterburners and they are in another continent.

Australia: W-L-D-W-W

Australia need to put their right foot forward when they face France today. It might be beyond them but if they truly believe in themselves and take the game to France, they might just manage to shackle Didier Deschamps' men.

France vs Australia: Head to Head

Number of matches: 4
France wins: 2
Australia wins: 1
Draws: Now that'd be making it too easy for you.

France vs Australia: Key Players

There are so many talented players to choose from but I have a feeling Paul Pogba will run riot for Les Bleus today. He is an absolute treat to watch when he slips into his groove. He can glide past players like they weren't there, create space like he is a demigod and also test the goalkeeper from almost anywhere in the attacking half. Pogba will be key in unlocking a dogged Australian defence.

Aaron Mooy, Australia's Premier League star will try to buoy his team forward but it will be interesting to see how he fares against the combined strength of Kante and Pogba in the centre.

France vs Australia: Prediction

Predicted scoreline: France 2-0 Australia

I expect France to breeze past Australia today.
A. Behich
D. Arzani
R. Kruse
A. Behich (Own Goal)
B. Matuidi
C. Tolisso
C. Tolisso
J. Irvine
T. Rogić
N. Fekir
O. Dembélé
O. Giroud
A. Griezmann
T. Jurić
A. Nabbout
M. Jedinak, Penalty
A. Griezmann, Penalty
J. Risdon
M. Leckie
Australia (4-4-1-1)
Bert van Marwijk (Manager)
H. Lloris
L. Hernández
S. Umtiti
R. Varane
B. Pavard
P. Pogba
N. Kanté
C. Tolisso
O. Dembélé
A. Griezmann
K. Mbappé
M. Ryan
A. Behich
M. Milligan
T. Sainsbury
J. Risdon
R. Kruse
A. Mooy
M. Jedinak
M. Leckie
T. Rogić
A. Nabbout
Australia (4-4-1-1)
Bert van Marwijk (Manager)
France Subs
A. Areola
N. Fekir
O. Giroud
P. Kimpembe
T. Lemar
S. Mandanda
B. Matuidi
B. Mendy
S. Nzonzi
A. Rami
D. Sidibé
F. Thauvin
Australia Subs
D. Arzani
T. Cahill
M. Degenek
J. Irvine
B. Jones
T. Jurić
M. Jurman
M. Luongo
J. MacLaren
J. Meredith
D. Petratos
D. Vuković
12 SHOTS 6
16 FOULS 19
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
PMatches Played
WMatches Won
DMatches Drawn
LMatches Lost
GDGoal Difference
PtsTotal Points
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 1
Stadium Kazan' Arena
Match time Sat, 16 Jun 2018, 03:30 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2018 17:26 PM | Published: Jun 16, 2018 02:33 AM