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Jun 16, 2018 at 11am UK at ​Kazan Arena
Attendance: 41,279
France
2-1
AustraliaAustralia
Griezmann (58' pen.), Behich (81' og.)
Tolisso (76')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Jedinak (62' pen.)
Leckie (13'), Risdon (57'), Behich (87')

Team News: Antoine Griezmann leads France attack

Team News: Antoine Griezmann leads France attack
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Antoine Griezmann will lead the France attack in their 2018 World Cup opener against Australia in Kazan.

Antoine Griezmann will lead the France attack in their 2018 World Cup opener against Australia in Kazan.

Griezmann recently announced that he would be staying with Atletico Madrid this summer despite interest from Barcelona.

The 27-year-old will now return to action as he starts alongside Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe in the France attack.

Head coach Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, has named Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez in the full-back areas.

As for Australia, Celtic's Tom Rogic is joined by Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak and Huddersfield Town's Aaron Mooy in the middle of the park, while Mathew Leckie will feature in the final third of the field.

Tim Cahill will start on the bench for Bert van Marwijk's team alongside Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo.

France: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez; Pogba, Kante, Tolisso; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe
Subs: Kimpembe, Lemar, Giroud, Matuidi, N'Zonzi, Mandanda, Rami, Fekir, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola

Australia: Ryan; Risdon, Sainsbury, Milligan, Behich; Jedinak, Rogic, Mooy; Leckie, Nabbout, Kruse
Subs: Degenek, Meredith, Cahill, Jurman, Luongo, Juric, Jones, MacLaren, Arzani, Vukovic, Petratos, Irvine

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