World Cup 2022: Socceroos vs Denmark, France vs Tunisia live updates, scores

The final group stage game action continues with the Socceroos holding destiny in their own hands.

France have locked up a spot in the knockout stages atop Group D, while Tunisia remain a mathematical chance of moving on.

But all eyes Down Under will be laser focused on the Socceroos who with a draw can move into the round of 16 for only the second time.

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A second placed finish in Group D would give the Socceroos the winner of Group C which is expected to be Argentina.

After being stunned in their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia, Argentina bounced back and will take on Poland with top stop going to the victor.

Saudi Arabia will leap into second spot in Group C if they defeat Mexico who have a slim chance of advancing.

The first two games will kick off at 2am (AEDT) with the final two getting underway from 6am (AEDT).

You can see the full list of results and the full group standings here.

2.20am – Aussies defending for their lives

Aussie defender Aziz Behich has been handed a yellow card just four minutes into the showdown with Denmark.

Behich was happy to commit a foul, grabbing a fistful of his Danish opponent’s jumper as they challenged for a loose ball.

There have been dangerous signs early with Denmark finding it easy to get the ball into the box. The late selection change of bringing in Milos Degenek to replace Fran Karacic paid off early as the defender made a vital block near the goal line.

It wasn’t the only early scary moment for Australia with the back four forced to scramble desperately on several occasions.

Sport reporter Melanie Dinjaski posted on Twitter: “Don’t know whether it’s just because I’m still waking up but the pace Denmark have looks scary in the first 10min”.

Sport reporter Marnie Vinall posted on Twitter: “Absolutely defending for our LIVES”.

1.15am: France rests its biggest stars

Some mildly unsettling news for Australia: France is resting its usual starting players for its match against Tunisia. While the reigning world champions are obviously still favoured to win, this makes things a little easier on the Tunisians.

Why does that matter? As long as Tunisia does not beat France, the Socceroos only need a draw to advance to the round of 16. Should Tunisia score an upset, Australia will need to beat Denmark to avoid being knocked out.

None of the French players who started against Australia in the opening game are starting today. Those rested include stars like Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Hernandez.

12.45am: Socceroos make one change

Australia has made a single change to its starting side from the win over Tunisia, bringing Milos Degenek in for Fran Karacic at right back.

1. Ryan (c), 2. Degenek, 4. Rowles, 19. Souttar, 16. Behich, 13. Mooy, 14. McGree, 22. Irvine, 7. Leckie, 15. Duke, 23. Goodwin

12am: Bad omen on Qatari TV

Two hours to go until kickoff, folks. If you’re the sort of person who believes in omens, bad news: the pandas are against us.

That statement probably requires some context. A couple of giant pandas named Thuraya and Suhail were brought to Qatar from China just before the World Cup, and they’ve been making predictions for each match.

Remember the late, great Paul the Octopus? Same deal, but floofier.

One of the pandas is shown two flags, one for each team, and the one it touches is the predicted winner.

Thuraya and Suhail do not have a perfect record, but they’ve correctly forecast at least as many games as the rest of us so far, including the tournament opener.

On this occasion, they’ve predicted Denmark will beat the Socceroos.

One factor to consider, however, is that they’re not given the option of a draw, which would likely be enough for Australia to go through to the round of 16.

Don’t give up hope. The pandas are fallible.

9.30pm: Arnold aiming to make Socceroos history

The Socceroos only need a draw to book their place in the Round of 16, but Graham Arnold isn’t having any of that.

The man in charge is aiming to etch the 2022 squad into the record books by claiming their second World Cup victory.

Australia’s best World Cup result came in 2006 when they advanced to the Round of 16 after recording one win, one draw and a loss during the group stages.

Arnold wants to go one better after being asked what lessons he had instilled in the group from his time in 2006 under Guus Hiddink.

“One thing was we went out for a win, and that’s what we’re gonna do,” Arnold said. “I’ve never coached to play for a draw, it’s all about winning.

“When we talk about 06 and now, we want to go for it. In 06 we got one win (against Japan) and one draw (against Croatia) – our ambition is to get two wins and have the most wins at a World Cup.

“It’s about going out and winning the game.”

Arnold said he wasn’t at all nervous in the lead up to the final group stage contest.

“Excitement,” he said when asked how he was feeling.

“It’s not often you get to go to a World Cup, I’ve been saying to these boys to enjoy the journey and enjoy the ride.

“I feel really relaxed and ready”

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