DIRECT. World Cup 2022: Kylian Mbappé’s France team and Lionel Messi’s Argentina make their debut, four games on the program

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Make way for world champions. The France team launches its World Cup on Tuesday November 22 against Australia, for a remake of the meeting which launched the victorious march towards the second star four years ago. In Russia, Didier Deschamps’ men won in pain 2-1. In Qatar, the Blues are advancing without too much certainty. They had to face a wave of packages, the latest being that of Karim Benzema. To make the difference, they will therefore rely on a trio who broke the house in 2018: Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. Follow our live.

An unprecedented central hinge. For this first match of the competition, Didier Deschamps will have to do without Raphaël Varane, still recovering. To compose his pair of central defenders, Didier Deschamps should count on Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konaté. Here is the team that the coach should line up: Lloris (cap.) – Pavard, Konaté, Upamecano, L. Hernandez – Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé – Giroud

Four matches on the schedule. In addition to France, which closes the day against Australia at 8 p.m. in group D, Argentina opens the day against Saudi Arabia at 11 a.m. in group C. The other meeting of this group will oppose Mexico to Poland at 5 p.m. Finally, at 2 p.m., the other match of the Blues group will take place between Denmark and Tunisia.

The “der of the ders” for Messi. At 35, Lionel Messi argues “surely” his last World Cup. The PSG player knows that he is holding his “last opportunity to achieve this great dream that we all have”, become world champion. To achieve this, it will be surrounded by a very solid team, with talent in all lines (Lisandro Martinez, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez…).

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