France vs Australia and other 2022 World Cup news and highlights

Australian supporters are seen in the stands during a match between Australia and France on November 22. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

With Saudi Arabia beating Argentina earlier in the day, it looked like something could be up in the waters of this World Cup when Australia took a ninth-minute 1-0 lead against the reigning world champion.

Australian fans inside the stadium were beginning to believe in miracles. But after France responded with two goals to take the lead at half-time, they have since collapsed in their seats as reality hits them hard.

Since falling behind, France have looked to be the dominant team that many have been expecting here in Qatar.

Kylian Mbappé has been particularly sharp and the Australian defense can’t seem to get close to him.

The French superstar should have put his side up 3-1 in the dying minutes – but despite all the skill he possesses, he managed to skew an effort over the bar when it looked easier to score on a pass from Antoine Griezmann.

French fans have been quiet so far tonight, but the pockets are starting to wave those iconic red, white and blue flags.


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