Mbappe injury scare nothing to worry about according to Rami

Mbappe injury scare nothing to worry about according to Rami

Mbappe injury scare nothing to worry about according to Rami

Having such star power assembled in Russian Federation would be a dream for most coaches.

There's plenty of work to do for Didier Deschamps, though.

France are predicting mercurial midfield Paul Pogba to make a telling contribution in their World Cup opener against the Socceroos on Saturday night.

Paul Pogba later scored the winning goal in the 81st minute, and goal-line technology was used to confirm the ball had crossed the line after bouncing down off the crossbar. "But we will need to use all these qualities for the benefit of the group".

France will be aiming to go one further than they managed at Euro 2016 when they reached the final, as hosts, only to lose 1-0 against Portugal after extra-time.

And Australia's footballers are banking on it in their World Cup opener in Russian Federation.

Griezmann doesn't carry the weight of France on his shoulders but he is one of the reasons why they can dream of being champions du monde again.

The coaching staff and the physios rushed to attend to the forward, who forms a potent attack triumvirate with Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann.

Pogba had been unimpressive until the goal, but the Manchester United midfielder set up a 1-2 with substitute Olivier Giroud and beat Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan to give France the victory.

In 2010 in South Africa, Australia conceded two goals to Germany in the opening 26 minutes in their opening game.

Deschamps, a 1998 World Cup victor with France, leads one of the youngest teams and is desperate to make amends for losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in Paris.

This defeat will be hard to swallow but it should not take away from the positive performance the Socceroos put in.

"That's the biggest thing now against France", Australian stalwart Tim Cahill said.

The VAR system is making its first appearance at a World Cup and worked perfectly in this instance, after the referee initially decided not to award a penalty. But on one competition you never know what can happen. The technical relationship between Mbappe and Griezmann is in full bloom. Nobody expected we could play this way against France. Griezmann's passing skills and direct style combined with Mbappe's dribbling qualities and frenetic pace should make an excellent strike duo in Russian Federation. "Djibril Sidibe was injured in his last match and his knee reacted". That France side had (some) flair up front and brilliance in the middle, Zidane and Petit about to approach their peak, but it was the French defence which stood out.

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