Argentina vs. France lineups: World Cup last beginning XIs, staff information; Olivier Giroud, Angel Di Maria begin


Regardless of a late harm scare Olivier Giroud is within the lineup for France and on the Argentina facet, Angel Di Maria is handed match to make the beginning for Argentina.

Argentina vs. France beginning lineups

Argentina: Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; Di María, De Paul, Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez.

France: Lloris (c); Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.  

The best way to watch and odds

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 18 | Time: 10 a.m. ET
  • Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium — Lusail, Qatar
  • TV: FOX, Telemundo and Universo | Stay stream: fuboTV (attempt without spending a dime)
  • Odds: Argentina +170; Draw: +200; France +180 (by way of Caesars Sportsbook)

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Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate have handed Didier Deschamps a double enhance on the eve of the World Cup last with the star heart backs from their semifinal win returning to coaching on Saturday.

Varane and Konate had been amongst these to overlook Friday’s session with an sickness that has ravaged the French camp, together with winger Kingsley Coman, who has additionally took half in coaching, giving Deschamps the complete praise of 24 gamers he may have hoped to have. Aurelian Tchouameni and Theo Hernandez additionally returned from the accidents they’d been nursing however the return of two heart backs who excelled towards Morocco on Wednesday evening is probably the most welcome information forward of Sunday’s showpiece conflict with Argentina.

Adrien Rabiot and Dayot Upamecano had missed France’s final match because of the similar illness, one which Deschamps blamed on air con on the stadia in Qatar. The pinnacle coach, who’s bidding to grow to be simply the second supervisor to win two World Cups, was taciturn over the standing of his gamers in his Saturday press convention, saying: “I’m completely effective. As for the gamers, I left the camp fairly early this morning so that they have been all nonetheless asleep. I haven’t had any current updates.

“We try to handle this example in addition to we will and stay calm and targeted. I’ll get some extra info in the present day and I’ll take into consideration that tonight, and even tomorrow. We’re wanting ahead to this necessary recreation.

“I do know it’s a topic that’s of curiosity, and I absolutely perceive that, however we’re doing our greatest to take precautions and adapt as mandatory. We try to stay with it, with out going too far and getting too carried away, however doing what is critical. In fact we’d have most popular to not have confronted this problem however we face it as finest as we will with our medical employees.”

Deschamps did, nonetheless, affirm that Karim Benzema will play a component within the last. The Ballon d’Or winner suffered a thigh harm on the eve of the event and returned to Actual Madrid, the place he has since stepped up his restoration by taking part in in a pleasant towards Leganes. France didn’t take away Benzema from their squad checklist and he could be entitled to a medal if his nation received however there seems little urge for food from both the supervisor or participant for an eleventh hour look.

As Jonathan Johnson stories in our stay weblog, there’s extra potential dangerous information for France. “In actual fact, the newest information out of the French camp is that Olivier Giroud has a slight knee knock and may even be a doubt to begin towards Argentina. Marcus Thuram has been examined in his place so may deputize which might give Deschamps one other headache as he tries to select his beginning XI. The France boss is already agonizing over whether or not to go together with Ibrahima Konate or Dayot Upamecano in central protection.”

Argentina, in the meantime, don’t have any such nice considerations over their squad. Certainly it could be that Angel Di Maria, who has battled muscular points through the knockout phases, is match sufficient to begin the ultimate. The Juventus winger performed eight minutes off the bench towards the Netherlands within the quarterfinals however was an unused substitute within the subsequent win over Croatia.

In the meantime Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel might be obtainable for Lionel Scaloni after serving their respective suspensions within the semifinal. 



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