Route to the World Cup
Playing in Group D of UEFA world cup qualifying France was drawn against Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland and Kazakhstan. Despite a stuttering start with a home draw against Ukraine, they remained unbeaten over the 8 games winning 5 and drawing 3 to comfortably top the group scoring 18 goals in total and only conceding 3. With a solid defence and midfield contributing to the success it was Antione Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé that did the damage scoring a total of 6 and 5 goals respectively.
Entered in Group B of the second round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) World Cup qualification group, Australia made no mistakes in winning the group. Success in all 8 games both home and away against Kuwait, Jordan, Nepal and Chinese Taipei, they scored 28 goals while conceding only 2. The third round involved two groups of six teams with Australia being drawn in Group B that included Saudi Arabia, Japan, Oman, China PR and Vietnam. They found this group a much tougher proposition and could only finish third to qualify for a place in the fourth round. This was played against the third placed team in Group A, the United Arab Emirates. Winning this fixture 2 – 1, Australia had to win an inter-continental play-off game against Peru and they did so 5 – 4 on penalties, with each team unable to break the deadlock during normal time and after extra time. Talk about qualifying for the World Cup the hard way, Australia certainly did!
France and Australia have played each other 5 times, with the French being victorious on 3 occasions, drawing once and Australia winning once. The two teams met in the 2018 World Cup when France had to dig deep to beat a resilient Australian team 2 – 1.
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