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World Cup Day 2 Review

Not as easy as it seems.

Group C

France 2 vs. 1 Australia

France got three points against Australia thanks to VAR and a bit of luck for Paul Pogba. In what was a fairly balanced game France had more chances early on but failed to convert them as the Australian defence stood firm. The second half brought the first goal as the referee failed to award a penalty which was a minute later awarded via VAR. Griezmann scored the penalty but goals via VAR are always shrouded by controversy as the technology is still in its infancy. Australia responded soon after with a penalty of their own which equalised the scoreline in the 62nd minute via Jedinak. The game seemed to be heading for a draw but some good passing and a lob by Pogba in the 80th minute gave France all three points. France lead the group although were far from convincing. Australia can now concentrate for Denmark, and Peru. 

Peru 0 vs. 1 Denmark

Denmark might have got the three points thanks to a 59th minute goal by Poulsen but it was Peru that most impressed during the game. Peru and Denmark both provided entertaining football but Peru’s wingers such as Carrillo, and Flores along with forward Farfan caused several threats. Peru did miss a penalty early one which in hindsight cost them dearly but their performance should give them encouragement for their upcoming fixtures. Denmark stood resolute during the Peru onslaught and defensively were sound but going forward the Danes lacked in finishing. Denmark are second on level with France with three points while Peru are last for now. 

Group D

Argentina 1 vs. 1 Iceland

In what was arguably the result of the day Iceland managed to get a point of another formidable foe. Argentina had 27 shots compared to Iceland’s 8 and 78% ball possession. Aguero gave Argentina the lead in the 19th minute after a wonderful strike from within the box. Iceland soon equalised in the 23rd minute via Finnbogason. The second half was mostly spent in Iceland’s half as Argentina attacked one after the other. A penalty was awarded to Messi in the 64th minute but he failed to score with it unlike Ronaldo. Iceland stood firm and earned a valuable point. 

Croatia 2 vs. 0 Nigeria

The last game of the day was a cagey affair as both teams only managed two shots on target throughout the game. Croatia got the lead in the 32nd minute after Etebo put the ball into the back of his own net. Luka Modrić doubled the lead in the 71st minute via a penalty. Nigeria were lacklustre and sit bottom of the group while Croatia lead the group with three points. 

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