FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Day 7: Live updates, scores, news, results, Socceroos vs Tunisia, Poland vs Saudi Arabia, France vs Denmark, Argentina vs Mexico

The day has finally arrived. The Socceroos are back in action in a make or break contest against Tunisia.

Australia will kick off proceedings on day seven with Graham Arnold’s men needing a draw or a win. A loss would all but end the Socceroos’ World Cup hopes.

France can cement their place in the knockout stages with a win over Denmark.

In Group C, Saudi Arabia are coming off their stunning upset victory over Argentina and will look to book a top two group stage finish when they take on Poland.

Pre-World Cup favourites Argentina are out to bounce back with a win while Mexico can all but end their campaign with a victory.

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7pm (AEDT) – ‘It’s ridiculous’: Arnold erupts

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has taken aim at football development in Australia after a string of Asian nations pulled off stunning upsets.

Arnold was asked about the surprise results when he used it as an opportunity to take aim at Australia for failing to fund the development of young stars.

“I think the World Cup is growing on people and there’s more talk about football now and the stadiums are getting fuller and fuller and we just saw Qatar against Senegal and as I said it’s really growing in momentum,” Arnold said.

“I think it’s not so much the shock results, it’s the quality of the Asian nations. Asia .. in Australia we don’t respect Asia and what their qualities are. We don’t respect Japan and Saudi Arabia when we played against them in the qualifiers, everyone thought they were pushovers.

“But the amount of money that you see that the Asian nations are putting into the development of the game and what the game needs, compared to Australia, it’s ridiculous.”

After a disappointing outing in their World Cup opener against reigning champs France, the Socceroos are up against it tonight when they take on Tunisia.

The Aussies need at least a draw to keep their hopes alive of advancing out of the group stage for the second time in World Cup history.

Arnold was scolded for a lacklustre game plan against the French, but the coach has confirmed one big change for tonights game.

Right back Nathaniel Atkinson who suffered an ankle injury during the opening game will be replaced in the starting eleven.

Arnold confirmed Italy-based defender Fran Karacic would come into the side and that key midfielder Adjen Hrustic was in “good shape” and in the frame to return.

“The boys have pulled up fantastically well … so I don’t think there’ll be too many changes. We’ve gotta put our strongest line up out there,” Arnold said.

Calls have been made for Arnold to inject striker Jamie Maclaren into the side after the Aussies lacked any firepower against France.

“I don’t want to give away the starting line-up,” Arnold said. “Jamie’s a great goalscorer, “Mitchell Duke works hard. We’ve got some choices to make. At the end of the day I think you’ll see both of them on the field at some stage.”

Originally published as FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Day 7 live: Socceroos vs Tunisia

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