01-Dec-2017 20:48:04 | The Guardian
Australia avoid the brutal draw of 2014, but still face a huge challenge to reach the knockout stage against three teams in the world’s top 12
The Socceroos will start their 2018 World Cup campaign against former champions and tournament fancies France, with group matches to follow against Denmark and Peru.
Australia avoided another group of death when the draw was made in Russia overnight, but will be doing well to reach the knockout rounds after being drawn against three teams ranked in the world’s top 12.
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