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France Vs Australia Football Match Score 22 November 2022

France Vs Australia Football Match Score 22 November 2022

Reigning champions France face Australia on Tuesday in World Cup action as the two sides battle in Group D. Joined by Denmark and Tunisia, the French are the favorites to win the group while the Aussies hope to be competitive and pull off the shocker in the opener. Les Bleus won the 2018 World Cup with an impressive run, though this time around they’re struggling with a rash of injuries as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Christopher Nkunku are all inured leaving Kylian Mbappe to carry the attack.

France: After the disappointment of Euro 2020, can France rebound here as they look to repeat as champions? There is no doubt that the squad is talented, despite losing Benzema jand the rest. Kylian Mbappe might be the best player in the tournament, but it will all be about how quickly this new generation can gel. In their last six games in the Nations League leading up to the Qatar, they only won one and failed to score multiple goals in five of the six.

Australia: Huge underdogs here, and gone are the days of Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and others. Matt Ryan is in goal, Aaron Mooy leads the midfield, but this team is sure lacking a bunch of excitement from the outside. But don’t tell them that — because they believe they can contend after bouncing Peru in the intercontinental playoff. But who is going to be the guy in attack? Matthew Leckie leads the way with 13 career goals, while young 18-year-old attacker Garang Kuol is one to watch.

An injury-hit France side begin the defence of their global title when they tackle Australia in Tuesday’s World Cup 2022 Group D opener at the Al Janoub Stadium. Les Bleus went all the way in Russia four years ago, while the Socceroos are aiming to end a run of three successive group-stage exits.

Since coming up trumps against Croatia on that rain-soaked evening in Moscow, France have added another major trophy to their cabinet in the form of the UEFA Nations League, but the negatives have far outweighed the positives for Didier Deschamps and co. Having been eliminated from Euro 2020 at the last-16 stage, France are already guaranteed to relinquish their Nations League crown after a dismal period of performance in the 2022-23 edition, which very nearly culminated in an unthinkable relegation to League B.

Off-the-field scandals and countless injury problems have also plagued this France side, who already hold the unwanted honour of being the worst-performing defending champions at a World Cup after going out in the group stage in 2002 without a single win to their name. However, as defending champions, France command a healthy amount of respect – even if their only win from their last six matches was a 2-0 home success against Austria – but history is certainly not on their side as they aim to become only the third team after Italy and Brazil to win back-to-back World Cups.

Indeed, the three defending champions that have come just before France – Germany, Spain and Italy – have all seen their next runs in the tournament end in the group stage, and not since Brazil in 2006 have the holders won their opening game of the competition. The art of taking off a goalkeeper and bringing on a penalty-saving specialist is a difficult one to master, but Australia manager Graham Arnold pulled it off in the Socceroos’ playoff final versus Peru, with Andrew Redmayne channelling his inner Bruce Grobbelaar in the shootout and helping to send Australia through.

Redmayne’s efforts ensured that Australia would be present at the World Cup finals for the fourth time on the bounce, but the Socceroos have suffered three group-stage exits in that period and have only won one of their last nine games at the tournament – a 2-1 success over Serbia in 2010. A round-of-16 berth in the 2006 tournament represents the Socceroos’ best achievement on the biggest global stage so far, and while they flattered to deceive during AFC qualifying, Arnold’s men head into their opening match on the back of five successive victories. The Socceroos picked up a pair of friendly wins over New Zealand in September – winning 2-0 and 1-0 versus their Oceanic counterparts – but not since Tim Cahill’s scorcher against the Netherlands in 2014 have Australia scored from open play at the World Cup.

France and Australia are familiar foes at the World Cup having met in the group stage four years ago too, which France won 2-1 thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty and an Aziz Behich own goal, and the Socceroos have only ever won one of their five meetings with Les Bleus, which came all the way back at the 2001 Confederations Cup.  Injury after injury after injury has been the theme for France even before the first ball has been kicked, with Saturday night’s headlines being made after Karim Benzema was made to withdraw after picking up a thigh issue, having just returned to full training alongside Raphael Varane. Deschamps will not name a replacement for Benzema, and he has also been forced to swap Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku out for Axel Disasi and Randal Kolo Muani respectively.

Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele are expected to form the attacking quartet in Benzema’s absence, and with Varane possibly not being risked for the opening matchday, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano could line up at the back. Deschamps has affirmed that Varane is fit to start, though, while Eduardo Camavinga sat out training on Sunday with discomfort but should be fine for the opening day. France are not the only ones to have been cursed on the injury front, as Hibernian striker Martin Boyle has been nursing a knee problem and has been forced to withdraw from the squad.

Marco Tilio has replaced the 29-year-old, and Arnold otherwise has all members of his squad fit and raring to go – Ajdin Hrustic has reportedly been working as normal recently following his own injury concern. Stoke City defender Harry Souttar has affirmed that he is ready to feature on the opening matchday, despite a distinct lack of match practice since his ACL surgery, but Bailey Wright may be preferred from the off here as Souttar builds up his fitness.

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Ajmal Solangi is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and reviews. He likes tech news, mobile unboxing, reviews, gadgets, and more.

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