WORLD champions France are out to lay down a marker as they take on Australia in the opening match.

Didier Deschamps’ side famously beat Croatia 4-2 in the final in Moscow four years ago to lift the Jules Rimet Trophy for the second time.

Karim Benzema is looking to win his first World Cup, having not been picked for the previous tournament

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Karim Benzema is looking to win his first World Cup, having not been picked for the previous tournamentCredit: Reuters
Australia have now qualified for five straight World Cups

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Australia have now qualified for five straight World CupsCredit: Getty

And they came through qualifying with a minimum of fuss as they avoided defeat in all their eight games.

However, Deschamps will not want any complacency creeping in for Les Bleus and will be mindful of their embarrassing penalty shootout defeat in the Euro 2020 last 16 against Switzerland last year.

Australia meanwhile failed to excel in qualifying as they finished comfortably below Japan and Saudi Arabia.

That forced them into a play-off where they earned a 0-0 draw with Peru before stunning the South Americans on penalties.

Madcap goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne was the Socceroos’ hero as he came on in the 119th minute, threw Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese’s notes away and saved the decisive penalty in the shootout.

Denmark and Tunisia are the other teams that are featuring in World Cup Group D.

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What time does France vs Australia kick off?

France take on Australia on Tuesday, November 22.

The match kicks off at 7pm UK time – 10pm local time.

It takes place at Al-Wakrah Sports Complex.

The teams last met in the opening game of the previous World Cup as France ran out 2-1 winners in Kazan, Russia.

What TV channel is France vs Australia on and can I live stream it?

France vs Australia is live on BBC One.

To stream the game live, head to the BBC iPlayer.

Can I watch France vs Australia for free?

Yes. France vs Australia is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.



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