Fifa World Cup 2022 draw for Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia match schedule & fixtures

In this year’s Fifa World Cup 2022 defending World Cup champions France face a relatively straightforward group that may be familiar to them as they attempt to retain their title in Qatar.

The draw took place in Doha on April 1st. The world champions were paired against Denmark and Tunisia as well as a yet-to-be-determined side which would be selected from the intercontinental playoff.

As a result of this match down, the UAE and Australia will go head-to-head for the right to play Peru in a winner-take-all game, with whichever side wins taking on the remaining teams in Group D.

Les Bleus are widely expected to make it through to the knockout stages under Didier Deschamps, but there could be a fascinating finish to the tournament behind them, as it appears that the runner-up spot could be at stake.

There will be an interesting repeat for three teams who faced each other at the same stage of the Russia 2018 competition. If either Australia or Peru does make it through the group stage, then the group will see a reunion of two of those teams from the previous tournament.

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WORLD CUP DRAW BREAKDOWNS:
Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

The two teams from Group D that advance would go up against the two teams from Group C in the Round of 16.

Fifa World Cup 2022 Group D table & fixtures

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Fifa World Cup 2022 Group D match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22Denmark vs. Tunisia8 a.m.Education City Stadium
Tue, Nov. 22France vs. Australia2 p.m.Al Janoub Stadium
Sat, Nov. 26Tunisia vs. Australia5 a.m.Al Janoub Stadium
Sat, Nov. 26France vs. Denmark11 a.m.Stadium 974
Wed, Nov. 30Tunisia vs. France10 a.m.Education City Stadium
Wed, Nov. 30Australia vs. Denmark10 a.m.Al Janoub Stadium

The four teams who have been selected for the group will play a round-robin format in which each nation will play the other three. In the group stage, the standings are determined by the points earned from those three group stage matches – three for a win, one for a draw, and none for a loss.

There are two teams that advance to the knockouts according to their total points from each group. If two teams are tied on points, the goal difference is the first tiebreaker, followed by the number of goals scored. There is a second set of tiebreakers to be applied if teams are also tied in those categories.

Fifa World Cup 2022 Group D draw

France

There is no doubt that the former World Cup champions France will be determined to retain the title, even though the French will need to fare much better than they did at Euro 2020 when they were knocked out by Switzerland in the Round of 16.
Kylian Mbappe, who is one of the brightest young stars at the moment, could make a huge difference to the French team if he is at his best, and Didier Deschamps’ talented team has plenty of international experience as well.
France won the 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League by defeating Spain in the final, and if they can play together cohesively, then they will certainly be among the leading contenders to win the UEFA Cup in Qatar this summer.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 3 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 2nd (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles: 2
  • World Cup appearances (last): 15 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group D winners: 5W-0L-3D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 2W-0L-0D (Goals: 7 scored / 1 conceded)
    • 2021: 10W-0L-6D (Goals: 36 scored / 12 conceded)
  • Coach: Didier Deschamps (France) since July, 2012

Star players: Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain / France), Paul Pogba (Manchester United / England), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid / Spain)

Peru / Australia / UAE

There will be an intercontinental playoff to determine which teams will qualify for the finals. The playoffs will be held in June. During their match on June 7, Australia and the United Arab Emirates will face off, with the winner of that match playing Peru in Doha a week later to determine who advances to the finals in Qatar.
As a result of finishing fifth in CONMEBOL qualifying, Peru qualified for the intercontinental playoff after finishing behind Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay. Italian forward Gianluca Lapadula scored a goal in the 2-0 victory over Paraguay on the final matchday in order to book the Italian’s place in the intercontinental final. The 32-year-old’s experience, which will be invaluable to him as he seeks to lead La Bicolor once more, will be critical.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 22 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 5th (CONMEBOL)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 3W-1L-2D (Goals: 8 scored / 3 conceded)
    • 2021: 7W-7L-3D (Goals: 21 scored / 24 conceded)
  • Coach: Ricardo Gareca (Argentina) since March, 2015

Star players: Gianluca Lapadula (Benevento / Italy), Andre Carrillo (Al- ilal / Saudi Arabia), Edison Flores (DC United / United States)

There is no doubt that the Australian team is looking forward to the intercontinental playoff after a disappointing group stage where defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia put an end to their hopes. There are now plans to rectify the fact that they did not qualify automatically, but they face a difficult challenge. As regulars at the tournament since it began in 2000, the Socceroos have qualified for the tournament in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018; however, the streak of 11 victories that they compiled at the start of the qualifying run now seems like a distant memory.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 42 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 4th (AFC)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 1W-2L-1D (Goals: 6 scored / 5 conceded)
    • 2021: 7W-1L-2D (Goals: 21 scored / 5 conceded)
  • Coach: Graham Arnold (Australia) since July 2018

Star players: Mat Ryan (Real Sociedad / Spain), Tom Rogic (Celtic / Scotland), Trent Sainsbury (Kortrijk / Belgium)

The United Arab Emirates also has a chance to qualify for only a second World Cup but will be playing in nearby Qatar, as the only previous qualification came in 1990. Ali Mabkhout, the UAE’s main attacking threat, represents UAE’s entire squad, which is entirely based within the UAE.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 68 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 7th (AFC)
  • World Cup appearances (last): 1 (Italy 1990)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 2W-2L-0D (Goals: 3 scored / 2 conceded)
    • 2021: 9W-4L-4D (Goals: 33 scored / 16 conceded)
  • Coach: Rodolfo Arruabarrena (Argentina) since February, 2022

Star players: Ali Mabkhout (Al Jazira / UAE), Khalil Ibrahim (Al Wahda / UAE), Walid Abbas (Shabab Al Ahli / UAE)

Denmark

In the context of the World Cup, Denmark could be the center of one of the most poignant and emotionally resonant stories, as they seek to build on the impressive showing they had at Euro 2020.
Christian Eriksen, the Danish team’s talisman, suffered a cardiac arrest during their opening game against Finland in Copenhagen, which was presented in horrific circumstances. In spite of his injury, the player managed to rally his teammates into a thrilling rally, which saw them achieve a thrilling run to the semi-finals, where they fell just short to England in extra time.
A few weeks ago, Eriksen, who has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) fitted, returned to play for Brentford in the Premier League after being injured. In February, he was called up by the national team and scored in both a friendly loss against the Netherlands as well as a 3-0 victory against Serbia in March. As a part of Kasper Hjulmand’s vibrant team, he can shine once again on Europe’s biggest stage, despite all the odds.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 11 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 8th (UEFA)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 6 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: UEFA Group F winners: 9W-1L-0D
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 1W-1L-0D (Goals: 5 scored / 5 conceded)
    • 2021: 13W-4L-1D (Goals: 45 scored / 11 conceded)
  • Manager: Kasper Hjulmand (Denmark) since August, 2020

Coach: Christian Eriksen (Brentford / England), Joakim Maehle (Atalanta / Italy), Mikkel Damsgaard (Sampdoria / Italy)

Tunisia

Tunisia qualified for back-to-back World Cups after beating Mali in the final qualifying round, making it its sixth appearance at the finals. For the first time in the history of the tournament, the North Africans will have their sights set on reaching the knockout stages.
Unlike other teams, the European team comprises mostly players from Europe, with Saint-Etienne forward Wahbi Khazri as the team’s chief creator, while Manchester United’s Hannibal Mejbri is one of the names to watch out for who could be destined for a breakthrough tournament during the camp.
Jalel Kadri, the coach of the Eagles of Carthage, is embarking on a new era in time for the World Cup 2022 with the team. Kadri was previously an assistant coach with the Tunisian football team, but he was handed the job as head coach by the Tunisia Football Federation in January – replacing Mondher Bebaier, who suffered a below-par performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  • Current FIFA world ranking: No. 35 (March 2022)
  • Regional ranking: 5th (CAF)
  • World Cup titles:
  • World Cup appearances (last): 5 (Russia 2018)
  • How qualified: (CAF Third Round winners (agg 1-0 vs. Mali)
  • Overall record (all competitions & friendlies):
    • 2022: 3W-3L-1D (Goals: 6 scored / 3 conceded)
    • 2021: 12W-4L-1D (Goals: 29 scored / 12 conceded)
  • Coach: Jalel Kadri (Tunisia) since January 2022

Star players: Wahbi Khazri (Saint-Etienne / France), Hannibal Mejbri (Manchester United / England), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly / Egypt)

Fifa World Cup 2022 DRAW BREAKDOWNS:

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D
Group E | Group F | Group G | Group H

Teams to advance from Fifa World Cup 2022 Group D

After the World Cup draw has taken place, sportsbooks are expected to hang odds for each team to advance out of the group stage shortly after the draw.
In Group D, the first and second-place teams will advance to the Round of 16 where they will meet the two teams that advance out of Group C. The Round of 16 will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4.
It has been announced that the following matches will be played at the FIFA World Cup 2022 during the knockout stages for the Round of 16 and the final:

Fifa World Cup 2022 Round of 16

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 31A vs. 2B10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l
Sat, Dec. 31C vs. 2D2 p.m.Ahmad Bin Ali
Sun, Dec. 41D vs. 2C10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sun, Dec. 41B vs. 2A2 p.m.Al Bayt
Mon, Dec. 51E vs. 2F10 a.m.Al Janoub
Mon, Dec. 51G vs. 2H2 p.m.Stadium 974
Tues, Dec. 61F vs. 2E10 a.m.Education City
Tues, Dec. 61H vs. 2G2 p.m.Lusail

Fifa World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Fri, Dec. 9QF1: 1E/2F vs. 1G/2H10 a.m.Education City
Fri, Dec. 9QF2: 1A/2B vs. 1C/2D2 p.m.Lusail
Sat, Dec. 10QF3: 1F/2E vs. 1H/2G10 a.m.Al Thumama
Sat, Dec. 10QF4: 1B/2A vs. 1D/2C2 p.m.Al Bayt

Fifa World Cup 2022 Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Tues, Dec. 13QF2 vs. QF12 p.m.Lusail
Wed, Dec. 14QF4 vs. QF32 p.m.Al Bayt

Fifa World Cup 2022 3rd Place

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sat, Dec. 17Semifinal losers10 a.m.Khalifa Int’l

Fifa World Cup 2022 Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Sun, Dec. 18Semifinal winners10 a.m.Lusail