France Vs Australia World Cup Matchup
France takes on Australia in a world cup matchup. The game will be held at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. As the teams walk out, national anthems are being played. The teams will then go on to face off in a match that will be a highlight for fans.
The odds on this matchup favor France, the reigning world champions. This team has won the World Cup twice and is looking to defend their title. The French have a strong squad with many top players. Having said that, Australia has never advanced past the group stage.
The Australians, meanwhile, have a reason for optimism ahead of this game. They have been in good form during their warm-up matches, defeating the Czech Republic and Hungary. Both sides will be motivated to win their first game. If they win this match, they will be firmly in contention for a spot in the finals.
During the first half, both sides played thrilling rugby. Australia exploited a bobbling ball inside their own 22. They kicked two penalties. But France remained in touch and forced a turnover in the Australian half. A try by Paul Pogba in the 80th minute helped France take the lead.
Australia has a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup for the fifth time in a row. However, this year they are in a tough group with France and have to win their first game to get there. Despite the odds, Australia has a good chance to win and qualify for the last eight.
Australia has a good team and some interesting substitutions. Didier Deschamps has made some changes in the starting eleven. He has left Olivier Giroud out of the starting team and has opted for Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele. France has also changed a few players in the back row. The team is missing Tate McDermott but has included Jake Gordon and Nabil Fekir in the back row.
The game has a few interesting moments. Australia’s defence is shaky after the first half. Foketi illegally strips the ball from the French maul. France recovers well in defence, but Australia are in panic mode at the halfway stage. After 18 minutes, Foley kicks a penalty in the corner. Australia pushes to the France line with great speed, and Foley slots the points.
The French have not faced Australia since October 2013, but they are considered favourites to reach the final. However, Australia will face tough competition from Denmark and Peru. If they win their group matchup, France will be the team to beat. If they do, they’ll have a good chance of lifting the trophy.
The match also had a controversial goal. After watching the replay of the penalty, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) changed the referee’s decision. After watching the replay, Andres Cunha awarded Antoine Griezmann a penalty. Griezmann was in the box and had been brought down by Joshua Risdon. Australia felt aggrieved but were unable to take the ball away from Griezmann.