France opened their World Cup campaign with a win which enhanced their chances of breaking into the round of 16 a bit closer. As if now France is leading the Group C which is a good news for the fans of France.

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Venue: – Kazan Arena
 France- Australia
    2      –      1

Starting XI: – France (4-3-3)

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H.Lioris, B.Pavard, R.Varane, S.Umititi, L.Hernandez,
C.Tolissco, N.Kante, P.Pogba, K.Mbappe, A.Griezmann, O.Dembele
Manager- B.van Marwijk

Starting XI: – Australia (4-4-1-1)

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M.Ryan, A.Behich, M.Milligan, T.Sainsbury, J.Risdon, R.Kruse, A.Mooy, M.Jedinak, M.Leckie, T.Rogic, A.Nabbout
Manager- D.Deschamps

     Ball possession
France     –       Australia
 56%        –       44%

The brilliance of Paul Pogba and Antonio Griezmann scripted the victory for France against Australia. It is 2-1, and all started with a penalty taken by Griezmann in the second half. France was none for none and Australians were getting right on track. The first half saw a lot of goals missed by France that should be converted into one. In the second half, as expected France started attacking from the very first minute and they got their first break at the 58th minute when Griezmann was going to score but got struck by the Australian defence, and the decision goes to VAR where the penalty was given in favour of France. The score was 1-0 enough for a team that was searching for a moment to open up. Just after 4 minutes Australia’s forward claimed a handball by Samuel Umititi in the D, the penalty was awarded to Australia, Mile Jedinak came to shoot on target and scored an equaliser by targeting the bottom right of the goalpost. The scoreboard was 1-1, till that time the ball possession wasn’t in favour of any particular team. Later on, Paul Pogba won a free kick in the defensive half in the 80th minute of the game and gave France upper hand in the match. After the brilliance of Pogba, Australia started attacking hard this resulted in 3 yellow cards and 19 fouls on their side. France played well after the first goal which was awarded to them in the name of penalty. They got a good start in the second half, and they converted the chance to draw into a victory.

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Group standings
France is leading the pack with 3 points, Denmark and Peru follow France respectively and Australia is in the lowest position of the Group. Today, Denmark will take on Peru to change the standing once again. It will decide the fate of the group and also who is going to make it a bit closer to the round of 16.