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Giroud starts for France, Argentina drops Acuna

2022 FIFA World Cup: Giroud starts for France as Acuna injury forces Argentina to make late change

December 18, 2022 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Olivier Giroud has handed the French a boost while Argentina suffers blow ahead of kick-off.

France and Argentina have been handed different fortunes ahead of Sunday's epic final encounter. The former have been handed a massive boost with Olivier Giroud's inclusion in the starting lineup while the Albiceleste have been forced to make late lineup change following an injury to Marcos Acuna.

Less than 24 hours before kick-off, Didier Deschamps and his technical team were handed a selection dilemma to deal with after it became apparent that Giroud had picked up a little knock and could be forced to sit out the upcoming game. As a result, Les Bleus trained with Kylian Mbappe as the main striker with Lilian Thuram coming in to fill on the left wing. However, all fears have now been curbed with Giroud assuming his regular No.9 position. 

In the camp of the Argentine's, Marcus Acuna was initially named in the starting line-up to start in the right-back position but has now been forced to withdraw after picking up an injury. He has since been replaced with Nicolas Tagliafico. Angel Di Maria has also returned to the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench against Croatia.

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