France and Australia goalless at halftime

Australia may opt for a defensive combination, in which case they will probably have Tomi Juric in front. He'll add a creative spark when he's on the ball, but who should play with him in midfield? They try to play on the ground.

But after that, they went quiet. It is well organised and they are highly disciplined.

"I am certainly not saying there is not quality on their team - absolutely not".

Australia and their 10,000 gold-shirted fans will be disappointed that all their hard work counted for nothing as they seek to get out of the group stage for the second time in their fifth World Cup.

"There is no risk", he said.

"I'm proud and disappointed, I think we gave a very good performance, nobody had expected that we could play like this against France", said van Marwijk.

Although the 65-year-old Dutchman admitted Australia would only normally have a ten percent chance of beating the Euro 2016 finalists, he is dreaming big on the eve of their lunchtime Group C clash.

France opened their World Cup campaign in Kazan on Saturday morning with a game against Australia.

The expectation for Saturday night is that they'll be overwhelmed by the French, one of the favourites for a deep run in Russian Federation.

When he was replaced in the running order by Mathew Leckie, despite his manager Bert Van Marwijk's insistence that there was nothing to be read into it, the assumption was he would not be lining up against the French.

The Australians aren't promising to play champagne football, but are focusing on an efficient game that could help it challenge France and avoid a morale-crushing heavy loss.

"We're expecting him to get the crowd on their feet". Should he enter the fray, this will be is fourth consecutive World Cup finals appearance for the Socceroos.

"Come this France game we're going to be ready, and giving ourselves opportunities to win this game", warned Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

With all the players physically and mentally really for the coming game, Deschamps said his aim is to have the most competitive and highest performing French team at this World Cup.

And Deschamps, who won the World Cup as French captain back in 1998, has made some courageous calls as he looks to bring the Jules Rimet trophy back to Paris.

"Of course we are young but several players already have plenty of experience: Raphael Varane won several (four) Champions League titles with Real, Samuel Umtiti is in the starting XI at Barca, Paul Pogba played four great seasons at Juve", PSG striker Mbappe told L'Equipe. A lot of times, it's the best team. Van Marwijk also kept his less experienced side relatively calm and organised against a much better team, but possibly could have brought Jackson Irvine and Daniel Arzani on earlier to make a difference off the bench.

  • Julie Sanders