World Cup Day 12 Preview

Who qualifies from Group D?

Group C

Australia vs. Peru

Australia need the win if they want to stand a chance of making it to the knockout rounds while Peru can only fight for their pride. Three points would take Australia to second only if Denmark lose and Australia have a better goal difference. A win for Peru would send them home with something good while also taking them above Australia into third. Peru have shown their quality at times but Australia should have the experience to see this game through. 

Denmark vs. France

With France having already qualified for the knockout stage this game could potentially decide whether they finish second or first. A win for France would take them clear of the rest while a draw would be enough to see them finish first as well, a loss would mean that they would finish behind Denmark in second. A win and a draw would be enough for Denmark but a loss could see them miss the knockout stage but only if Australia win by a good margin.

Group D

Nigeria vs. Argentina

Nigeria go into this game knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the knockout stages while a draw and a loss could potentially not be enough. Argentina have been so far in the tournament and this game is a chance for Messi and Co to achieve some sort of redemption. Due to results in the previous match week a win for the Argentinians could shockingly see them make it to the knockout stages but only if Iceland drew or lost. It is a tight game and a win will be the priority for both teams but Argentina will have to be the team that comes out and attacks. 

Iceland vs. Croatia

Iceland were spectacular in their first game against Argentina but fell flat against Nigeria, they go into this game needing a win if they want to stand a chance of qualification. An Iceland win and a Nigeria loss would send Iceland through but a draw for Nigeria would mean that the team with the better goal difference would go through. Croatia demolished Nigeria and Argentina and will be looking to make it three out of three in the group stage. Having already qualified and sealed top spot it is a good chance for the Croats to rest a few players. Iceland will have to attack while Croatia can wait and play on the counter. 

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