Australia take shock lead against France: World Cup Live

    France v Australia: Group D - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Can Kylian Mbappé fire his country to back-to-back World Cups (Photo: Getty)

    Reigning champions France kick-off their World Cup defence against Australia at the Al Janoub Stadium in Qatar.

    Coincidently, the two sides faced each other in their opening game of Russia 2018, where France claimed a 2-1 win, but much has changed for Didier Deschamps’ side.

    Several key players including Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku are missing with injury, though Les Bleus still go into this match as clear favourites.


    Previous articleFrance 0-1 Australia LIVE: Craig Goodwin gives Socceroos a ‘fairytale’ lead against holders as Les Bleus’ World Cup title defence underway in Qatar