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World Cup 2022 Group D: Match schedule, fixtures, times and dates for France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia in Qatar – Sporting News

Defending World Cup holders France face a manageable, and familiar, group as they seek to retain their title in Qatar.
The draw has pitted the world champions against Denmark and Tunisia, as well as intercontinental playoff winner Australia.
The Socceroos beat Peru in a penalty shootout to clinch a ticket to Qatar, having first had to overcome the United Arab Emirates in an earlier playoff.
Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus will open against Australia and they are the firm betting market’s choice to progress to the knockout stages. But there could be a fascinating battle behind them for the runner-up spot.
Remarkably, the group will see a repeat for three teams who faced each other at the same  stage of Russia 2018: France, Denmark and Australia were all part of Group C in that tournament, with France and Denmark going through and Australia finishing last.
WORLD CUP GROUP BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

The four teams selected into the group will play a round-robin format with each nation facing the other three. Group standings are based on points from those three group-stage matches — three points for a win, one for a draw, none for a loss. 
The top two teams from each group based on total points advance to the single-game knockouts. If teams are tied on points, goal difference is the first tiebreaker followed by goals scored. If teams are also tied in those categories another set of tiebreakers is applied
The winners of the last World Cup in 2018, France will be determined to retain the crown, although they will have to fare considerably better than they did at Euro 2020, when they were knocked out at the Round of 16 stage by Switzerland. 
If superstar Kylian Mbappe is at his best then it could make all the difference for Les Bleus, and there is plenty of other international experience also in Didier Deschamps’ talented squad.
France won the 2020/2021 UEFA Nations League by beating Spain in the final and if they can perform as a cohesive unit then they will certainly be amongst the leading contenders for glory in Qatar.
The Socceroos won a single-elimination FIFA intercontinental playoff to earn the final place in Group D, beating Peru in a penalty shootout on June 13. Six days prior, Australia had to overcome the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in a separate Asian qualifying playoff just to earn the right to meet Peru for a spot in the World Cup. 
Australia salvaged a qualifying campaign that started promisingly (11 straight wins), but which tailed off with defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia that dashed their hopes at automatic qualification and forced them down the playoff road. 
The Socceroos have been regulars at the World Cup since the turn of the century, advancing to the competition proper on five consecutive occasions.
Denmark could be the focus of one of the most poignant and emotionally resonant stories at this World Cup as they aim to build upon an impressive showing at Euro 2020. 
That tournament began in horrific circumstances, as talisman Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening defeat to Finland in Copenhagen. The playmaker thankfully pulled through and his team-mates rallied thrillingly in his absence, powering through to the semifinals, where they fell just short against England in extra time.
Incredibly, Eriksen returned to playing with Brentford in the Premier League and joined Manchester United this summer, having had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted last year. He is now back in the national team and could shine on the biggest stage once again as part of Kasper Hjulmand’s vibrant side, against all the odds.
Tunisia made it to back-to-back World Cups thanks to a final qualifying-round win against Mali, booking what will be a sixth appearance at the finals of the tournament. The North Africans will look to progress to the knockout stages for the first time. 
Most of the squad is based around Europe, with Montpellier forward Wahbi Khazri their chief creator, while Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri, on loan at Birmingham, is one of the names to look out for who could be set for a breakthrough tournament.
The Eagles of Carthage are embarking on a new era in time for World Cup 2022, with coach Jalel Kadri in charge. Formerly assistant, Kadri was handed the top job by the Tunisia Football Federation in January — replacing Mondher Bebaier, who paid the price for a below-expectation performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Here are the odds for each team to win and qualify from the group, with odds provided by Sports Interaction (correct as of Sept. 21, 2022).
Minus odds is what must be wagered to win $100 on that specific bet, while plus odds represent the winnings from a successful $100 wager.
The first-place and second-place finishers in Group D will move on to the Round of 16 and will face off against the two teams to advance from Group C on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4.
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The official FIFA 2022 World Cup match schedule outlines the following knockout pairings for the Round of 16 through to the final:

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