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It’s all about France according to former Socceroos coach

Former Socceroos coach Rale Rasic pinpointed Australia’s first group game against France as the “match that really matters” for the Socceroos.

Rasic took Australia to its first World Cup in 1974 and was optimistic the Socceroos could perform well against the seventh-ranked French side in Kazan on Saturday night as they kick off their fifth World Cup campaign.

“The first match against France is the one that really matters,” Rasic told Afternoons.

“Opening matches of any tournaments are known to be low scoring. Let’s hope we get something and then with Denmark, I have a funny feeling we’ll do well. They play similar football to us.

“Our coach Bert van Marvjik is an extremely experienced coach reputable coach. I wouldn’t be surprised if Australia does well (in Russia).”

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