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Paris Olympics football draw: French men favourites to win; women to play holders Canada

Thierry Henry's France side are firm favourites to progress following a kind group draw for men's football at the 2024 Olympic Games on Wednesday, as the hosts wait to see if Kylian Mbappé will be made available. In the women's draw, hosts France are set to face holders Canada while winners USA, Germany and Australia were placed in the same group.

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🔴Paris 2024 live: Rugby Sevens, football kick off Summer Games ahead of opening ceremony

Football and Rugby Sevens matches kicked off the Summer Olympics in Paris on Wednesday, two days ahead of the much-anticipated opening ceremony that will see hundreds of thousands of spectators line the banks of the River Seine. Despite high expectations, the French rugby team starring star scrum-half Antoine Dupont was held to a 12-12 draw by the US. Follow our liveblog for the latest updates on the start of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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Football and rugby kick off events before opening ceremony

The first football match of the Olympics ended in chaos after it was suspended for nearly two hours because of crowd trouble. Morocco beat Argentina 2-1 as the game was eventually completed in an empty stadium. Antoine Dupont shone for France in the rugby sevens as les Bleus beat Uruguay in the second match of the day after they were held to a draw by the United States in their opener.

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Rugby Sevens and Football get 2024 Paris Olympics ball rolling

Football and Rugby Seven matches will kick off the 2024 Paris Olympics on Wednesday, before the grandiose opening ceremony that will see hundreds of thousands of spectators line the banks of the River Seine on Friday. Secured by a huge police presence, Israel will play against Mali in men’s football as French rugby star Antoine Dupont and his team will face the US in men’s rugby. FRANCE 24's Antonia Kerrigan reports.

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