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Where Socceroos actually rank

BELGIUM is the best team in Russia, Panama is the worst and after entering the World Cup with low expectations, Australia has proven it’s better than about a third of the sides here.
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Socceroos’ do-or-die Peru showdown

IT all comes down to this for the Socceroos — a last-chance showdown with Peru to close out their group games and a final crack at reaching the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup.
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Don't touch my Grizou – Pogba defends France team-mate

Don't touch my Grizou – Pogba defends France team-mate

France star Paul Pogba defended team-mate Antoine Griezmann, insisting the forward was in fine form. Didier Deschamps' men are yet to get to their best at the World Cup, recording unconvincing wins over Australia and Peru to book their spot in the last 16. Griezmann has netted once, but that strike came from the penalty spot in his side's opening Group C game against the Socceroos. But Pogba dismissed any criticism of the Atletico Madrid forward, who was the leading goalscorer at Euro 2016 with six. "Grizou is doing very well. He is always happy, always fit. He is fighting for the team," the Manchester United midfielder told a news conference. "It is not because he didn't score in the last match that it's not the same Grizou. Some say it's because he signed a new contract with his club, but no. "As I told you before the World Cup, don't touch my Grizou. You have forgotten the Euro. Don't touch my Grizou. #FridayFeeling #FiersdetreBleus — French Team (@FrenchTeam) June 22, 2018 "The World Cup is not over, there are still matches. We are qualified for the round of 16, think about that. Think of the defensive work of him, which has been intense. "You saw against Peru, we were compact. So Grizou has his qualities, everyone knows it. So again, don't touch my Grizou." France are top of Group C ahead of facing Denmark on Tuesday, although they are not yet assured of first place.
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Australia must start Tomi Juric or Daniel Arzani, not Tim Cahill, in must-win clash

Stephanie Brantz checks in in Kazan, where Mile Jedinak and Tomi Juric discuss the Australia's outlook for their crucial clash with Peru. Stephanie Brantz is joined by Tom Smithies to discuss Tim Cahill's situation and the abuse Robbie Kruse has received on social media. Australia defender Mark Milligan talks Tim Cahill and the influence of the Socceroos fans in Russia. When Australia drew 1-1 with Denmark on Thursday, despite having their opponents on the ropes throughout the second half, they lost more than just control of their own World Cup fate. Tireless striker Andrew Nabbout was forced off with a dislocated shoulder in the 75th minute, which was a major blow to coach Bert van Marwijk and his hard-working team. Nabbout has been a vital cog in Van Marwijk's game plan in the tournament thus far, leading the defensive line from the front, pressing and harrying...
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