The world champion begins to defend his title. The Frenchmen arrive resentful, after the sensitive loss of Benzema. From 4:00 p.m., they broadcast on Public TV and DirecTV.
The current world champion, France, crowned in Russia 2018, debuts this Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time) against Australia, in a match corresponding to Group D.
The match, which will be televised by Public TV and DirecTV, will be played at the Al Janoub Stadium in the city of Al Wakrah, and will be refereed by the South African Víctor Miguel de Freitas Gomes.
The record shows that they met four times in the World Cup, with two wins for the Europeans, a draw and a victory for the Australians. On June 16, 2018, at the World Cup in Russia, it was a 2-1 victory in favor of the French team.
France arrives punished by injuries since, with the loss of Karim Benzema -he suffered from a tear-, they were later joined by those of Kanté, Pogba, Kimpembe and Nkunku; and he has not been able to play at the wheel of Real Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga.
In any case, it has one of the main figures of the World Cup, Kilian Mbappé, who together with Lionel Messi and Neymar are part of PSG’s offensive trident, and who was one of the fundamental weapons of the team in obtaining the 2018 World Cup in Russia. , when he scored 4 goals, one of them in the final that he won 4-2 against Croatia.
Didier Deschamps’ team arrives at this World Cup in search of the “Bi” that only Italy achieved in 1934-38 and Brazil 1958-62, but with the fear that the last world champions Italy (2010), Spain (2014 ) and Germany (2018) were eliminated in the first round.
France will play against Denmark in its second appearance, next Saturday at 1:00 p.m., and will close the initial phase on Wednesday the 30th at 12:00 p.m. against Tunisia.
For their part, Australia also suffered a severe blow to the team after their main attacker Martin Boyle was sidelined with a knee injury, forcing coach Graham Arnold to replace him with Marco Tilio.
Australia comes to this match with two wins in their preparatory games against New Zealand by 2-0 and 1-0, after accessing the World Cup in the playoffs where they eliminated Ricardo Gareca’s Peru on penalties after equalizing the series goalless.
Australia will play on Saturday against Tunisia and on Wednesday the 30th against Denmark in search of a pass to the final rounds for the second time in history: the previous one was in 2006 and they lost to Italy in the round of 16.
France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamín Pavard, Rafael Varane or Díaotchanculle Upamecano, Brahima Konaté and Lucas Hernández; Aurelien Tchouameni, Adrien Rabiot; Ousmane Dembélé, Antoine Griezmann, Killian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud. DT: Didier Deschamps
Australia: Matthew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Kye Rowles, Bailey Wright, Nathaniel Atkinson; Jackson Irvine, Aaron Mooy, Ajdin Hrustic; Craig Goodwin, Mathew Leckie, and Mitchell Duke. DT: Graham Arnold.
TV: Public TV and DirecTV
Referee: Víctor Miguel de Freitas Gomes (South Africa)
Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium.