FRANCE VS. AUS­TRALIA

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - WORLD CUP -

KAZAN, Rus­sia: France play Aus­tralia in a Group C match in Kazan Satur­day.

Where: Kazan Arena Ca­pac­ity: 45,000 When: Satur­day June 16, 1 p.m. Beirut time Ref­eree: An­dres Cunha (Uruguay)

Key stats:

France have com­peted at 14 World Cups and are bid­ding for their sec­ond tro­phy af­ter win­ning the 1998 tour­na­ment on home soil, cap­tained by cur­rent coach Di­dier Deschamps. They reached the fi­nal again in 2006, in­spired by tal­is­manic mid­fielder Zine­dine Zi­dane.

Aus­tralia have qual­i­fied for their fourth World Cup in suc­ces­sion and fifth over­all, with their best per­for­mance reach­ing the last 16 in the 2006 fi­nals in Ger­many.

Aus­tralia’s 38-year-old striker Tim Cahill is bid­ding to score at a fourth World Cup, which would make him only the fourth player ever to do so.

The last time the teams met, France thrashed Aus­tralia 6-0 in Paris in 2013, trig­ger­ing the in­stant dis­missal of then-Soc­ceroos coach Hol­ger Osieck.

Pre­vi­ous meet­ings:

They have played four times, with France win­ning twice, Aus­tralia win­ning once and one draw.

Last meet­ing:

France 6 Aus­tralia 0, (Paris, 2013). –

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