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    "Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose." - Ayrton Senna

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 Fixtures: June 17, 2018

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    Group E
    Cosmos Arena, Samara
    16:00 Costa Rica v. Serbia
    Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)

    Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
    21:00 Brazil v. Switzerland
    Referee: Cesar Arturo Ramos (MEX)

    Group F
    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
    18:00 Germany v. Mexico
    Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRI)
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 FT Scores: June 17, 2018

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    Group E
    Two-time FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers as SFR Yugoslavia, Serbia edged 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Costa Rica 1-0 inside Samara's Cosmos Arena in a chippy affair.

    Both teams combined for 33 fouls and four yellow cards.

    AS Roma and Serbian captain defender Aleksandar Kolarov scored the only goal of the match in the 56th minute with a superb free kick that gets past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

    Costa Rica 0:1 (0:0) Serbia
    BB55's Man of the Match: Aleksandar Kolarov, Serbia

    Meanwhile in Rostov-on-Don, Neymar and five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw to three-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Switzerland.

    FC Barcelona attacking midfielder/winger Philippe Coutinho unleashed a laser beam to give the Selecao a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

    But the Swiss equalized in the 50th minute as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim right winger Steven Zuber took advantage of poor Brazilian marking with a header off a Xherdan Shaqiri corner.

    Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper helped the Swiss get a point with five saves.

    Brazil 1:1 (1:0) Switzerland
    BB55's Man of the Match: Yann Sommer, Switzerland

    Group F
    And we have our first huge scalp of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

    Two-time FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Mexico stunned the Luzhniki Stadium crowd as they defeat the four-time and reigning and defending FIFA World Cup champions Germany 1-0.

    PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute as West Ham United striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez grabbed the assist.

    Joachim Loew's Die Mannschaft had nine shots on target and had seven blocked as the Mexican defense stood firm.

    Standard Liege goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had a nine-save clean sheet.

    Will Germany bounce back and avoid the Graveyard of Champions route of going out of the group stages? Since the turn of the 21st Century, three of the last four winners (France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014) were bounced out of the group stages in a FIFA World Cup after winning it all in the previous tournament.

    As for Juan Carlos Osorio, a huge feather in his cap as Mexico national team boss.

    Germany 0:1 (0:1) Mexico
    BB55's Man of the Match: Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 Fixtures: June 18, 2018

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    Group F
    Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
    15:00 Sweden v. South Korea
    Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

    Group G
    Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
    18:00 Belgium v. Panama
    Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

    Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
    21:00 Tunisia v. England
    Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 FT Scores: June 18, 2018

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    Group F
    1958 FIFA World Cup runners-up Sweden tie Mexico for top spot in Group F after edging out 2002 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers South Korea 1-0 inside Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

    The only goal came in the 65th minute as the Swedes were awarded a penalty.

    Salvadoran referee Joel Aguilar waved off the claim before Video Assistant Referee Mauro Vigliano of Argentina buzzed Aguilar.

    VAR showed that Suwon Samsung Bluewings defender Kim Min-woo had a very late challenge on Krasnodar playmaker Viktor Claesson in the area and the call was reversed.

    Helsingborgs IF and Swedish captain central defender Andreas Granqvist slid home the penalty for the only goal of the game.

    Sweden 0:0 (1:0) South Korea
    BB55's Man of the Match: Andreas Granqvist, Sweden

    Group G
    1986 FIFA World Cup Fourth Place finishers Belgium gave FIFA World Cup debutant Panama a nightmarish start with a 3-0 whitewash inside Sochi's Fisht Olympic Stadium.

    Dinami Bucharest and former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo kept the Belgian attack at bay in the first half as the game was scoreless at halftime.

    But Belgium flexed their scoring muscles in the second half.

    Napoli forward Dries Mertens made it 1-0 in the 47th minute and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored a brace in the 69th and 75th minutes to secure the victory.

    Belgium 3:0 (0:0) South Korea
    BB55's Man of the Match: Romelu Lukaku, Belgium

    Meanwhile in Volgograd Arena, 1966 FIFA World Cup champions England left it late to break Tunisia's hearts in a 2-1 victory.

    The Three Lions drew first blood 11 minutes into the contest.

    Manchester United winger/wingback Ashley Young delivered a corner that met the head of Liverpool center-half back John Stones that saw Chateauroux goalkeeper Mouez Hassen making the save to deny Stones.

    But Tottenham Hotspur and English captain striker Harry Kane pounced on the rebound thanks to very poor marking to make it 1-1.

    Hassen had to leave the game due to injury five minutes later and Al-Shabab's Farouk Ben Mustapha replaced him.

    However, Tunisia equalized with a penalty after 35 minutes.

    Manchester City defender Kyle Walker threw an silly elbow in the area that caught Al-Ettifaq forward Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face.

    Al-Nassr defensive midfielder Ferjani Sassi just beat Everton's Jordan Pickford in the lower left-hand corner to tie the game at 1-1 at halftime.

    Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan also didn't give England a penalty in the second half despite VAR evidence proving him wrong.

    But England still broke Tunisia's hearts in stoppage time as Tunisia's poor marking off set pieces did them in again as Leicester City central defender Harry Maguire headed a pass from Tottenham Hotspur right back Kieran Trippier's corner and found Kane who poked in a header for his second goal of the match and give England the full three points.

    Tunisia 1:2 (1:1) England
    BB55's Man of the Match: Harry Kane, England
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 and 2 Fixtures: June 19, 2018

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    Group H
    Mordovia Arena, Saransk
    15:00 Colombia v. Japan
    Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Otkritie Arena, Moscow
    18:00 Poland v. Senegal
    Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)

    Group A
    It's an important game for both Egypt and Russia in Saint Petersburg.

    Will Liverpool striker Mo Salah play in the contest? The Pharaohs need a point to stay alive while Russia needs a win for a possible qualification into the Round of 16.

    Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
    21:00 Russia v. Egypt
    Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Standings after Group Matchday 1: Groups A to D

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    Tiebreakers
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    The top two teams after the round-robin is completed in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 32.5):
    points obtained in all group matches;
    goal difference in all group matches;
    number of goals scored in all group matches;

    If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:
    points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    fair play points
    first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    direct red card: minus 4 points;
    yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
    drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html

    Group A
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Russia 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3
    2 Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    3 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
    4 Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5 0

    Group B
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Iran 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    2 Portugal 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1
    2 Spain 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 1
    4 Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0

    Group C
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 France 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
    2 Denmark 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    3 Australia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
    4 Peru 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0

    Group D
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Croatia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 3
    2 Argentina 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
    2 Iceland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
    4 Nigeria 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2 0
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Standings after Group Matchday 1: Groups E to H

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    Tiebreakers
    https://resources.fifa.com/image/upl...4ac7hypl9zmsys

    The top two teams after the round-robin is completed in each group are determined as follows (regulations Article 32.5):
    points obtained in all group matches;
    goal difference in all group matches;
    number of goals scored in all group matches;

    If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings are determined as follows:
    points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
    fair play points
    first yellow card: minus 1 point;
    indirect red card (second yellow card): minus 3 points;
    direct red card: minus 4 points;
    yellow card and direct red card: minus 5 points;
    drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.
    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/groups/index.html

    Group E
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Serbia 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    2 Brazil 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
    3 Switzerland 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
    4 Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0

    Note:
    - Brazil has the fair play points advantage over Switzerland (BRA:1, SUI:3)

    Group F
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Sweden 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    2 Mexico 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
    3 Germany 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
    3 South Korea 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0

    Note:
    - Sweden has the fair play points advantage over Mexico (SWE:1, MEX:2)

    Group G
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Belgium 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
    2 England 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
    3 Tunisia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
    4 Panama 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3 0

    Group H
    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
    1 Japan 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
    2 Senegal 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
    3 Poland 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0
    4 Colombia 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1 0

    Notes:
    - Japan has the fair play points advantage over Senegal (JPN: 1, SEN: 2)
    - Poland has the fair play points advantage over Colombia (POL: 1, COL: 6)
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    Roster Updates

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    AC Milan, on loan from Fiorentina, striker Nikola Kalinic sent home after refusing to come on as a late substitute during Croatia’s first game against Nigiera, citing a back injury as an excuse.

    Croatia will play with 22 men.
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    Re: 2018 FIFA World Cup Football/Soccer Thread

    I can't make great posts like BB55, but right now Japanese soccer fans are going frenzy over the improbable win, hooyah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.Kokubo View Post
    I can't make great posts like BB55, but right now Japanese soccer fans are going frenzy over the improbable win, hooyah.
    COL were a man down, to be fair. They were also down James who, although is a giant D.B., is definitely a key man to the NT.

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 1 and 2 FT Scores: June 19, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Matchday 1
    Group H
    A couple of surprises in Group H round up the first set of group stage matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    Inside Saransk's Mordovia Arena, two-time FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Japan edged 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinalists Colombia, 2-1.

    The Samurai Blue took an early lead six minutes in with a penalty and saw Los Cafeteros play with 10 men.

    Borussia Dortmund playmaker Shinji Kagawa fired a shot from 20 yards out that saw RCD Espanyol defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez blocked the shot with his arm sticking out while in the area and with the shot towards goal.

    Slovenian referee Damir Skomina waved away the protests as Sanchez was sent off and allowed Kagawa to slot home the penalty to give Japan a 1-0 lead.

    But Jose Pekerman's men pulled themselves level at 1-1 before halftime as River Plate attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero fired a free kick into the back of the net in the 39th minute.

    Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina boosted Colombia's chances for a win with four saves and Pekerman even subbed in Bayern Munich playmaker and one of the stars of the 2014 FIFA World Cup James Rodriguez, who was banged up in training, before the hour mark.

    However, Japan took the lead again in the 73rd minute as C.F. Pachuca and former CSKA Moscow and AC Milan versatile midfielder Keisuke Honda whipped in a corner and Cologne central forward Yuya Osako heads in the go-ahead goal to give Japan a 2-1 lead.

    Osako also made a key block on Rodriguez's bid for an equalizer before the final whistle sounded as Japan grabbed a major scalp over one of the favorites of the tournament.

    Colombia 1:2 (1:1) Japan
    BB55's Man of the Match: Yuya Osako, Japan

    Meanwhile inside Moscow's Otkritie Arena, Senegal is turning back the clock to their amazing 2002 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal run as they won their opening match in the 2018 tournament getting past two-time FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Poland, 2-1.

    The Lions of Teranga drew first blood after 37 minutes as Everton defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye fired a shot that deflected off Thiago Cionek and into the back of the net for an own goal.

    Senegal doubled their lead at the hour mark as Torino central forward M'Baye Niang took advantage of a horrible backpass from Paris Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and tucked the ball home on an open net.

    Krychowiak did make up for that error with a goal in the 86th minute after heading in Hull City's Kamil Grosicki set piece, but Senegal hanged on to grab the full three points.

    Bayern Munich and Polish captain striker Robert Lewandowski was kept in check with one shot on target.

    Poland 1:2 (0:1) Senegal
    BB55's Man of the Match: M'Baye Niang, Senegal

    Matchday 2
    Group A
    Hosts Russia punched their ticket to the Knockout Stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    For the first time since the 1966 FIFA World Cup when they were the Soviet Union, Russia won their first two group stage matches of a FIFA World Cup tournament after putting Egypt on the brink of elimination after a 3-1 victory inside Saint Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium and in the process, became the first team to reach the Round of 16 Knockout Round.

    Despite the return of Liverpool livewire forward Mohamed Salah, it wasn't enough for the Pharaohs despite a scoreless first half.

    Russia did find the breakthrough two minutes into the second half as El Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy punched a shot that found Spartak Moscow central midfielder Roman Zobnin, who blasted a shot that took a deflection off Al Ahly and Egyptian captain right back Ahmed Fathy into the back of the net.

    Egypt protested for a foul on Zenit St. Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba, but Video Assistant Referee Massimiliano Irrati of Italy confirmed no foul in the area.

    The two heroes off the bench from Saudi Arabia came up trumps for Stanislav Cherchesov as starters against Egypt.

    Villarreal CF winger Denis Cheryshev scored his third goal of the tournament at the 59th minute and Dzyuba struck home his second goal of the tournament inside his home stadium.

    Egypt did get a penalty in the 73rd minute after Zobnin fouled Salah in the area via VAR.

    Salah scored to get Egypt on the board, but they have to watch the Uruguay-Saudi Arabia match to see they have a chance for the Knockout Stages.

    Russia 3:1 (0:0) Egypt
    BB55's Man of the Match: Denis Cheryshev, Russia
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stage

    Matchday 2 Fixtures: June 20, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Group A
    Uruguay has a chance to send both Saudi Arabia and Egypt packing if Luis Suarez and company beat the Green Falcons.

    Egypt is hoping for a Saudi win in that match to stay alive in the tournament.

    Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
    18:00 Uruguay v. Saudi Arabia
    Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)

    Group B
    After a pulsating 3-3 draw on Matchday 1, Iberian rivals Spain and Portugal would like to grab the full three points in their Matchday 2 encounters.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and company take on Morocco while Diego Costa and Spain would like to deny Iran's chances for a Round of 16 place.

    Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
    15:00 Portugal v. Morocco
    Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)

    Kazan Arena, Kazan
    21:00 Iran v. Spain
    Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
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    I thought the cheating for South Korea ended at the 2002 World Cup? That was disgraceful refereeing--the ref missed two blatant PKs. Thank God that VAR corrected the second mistake. Oh, and Senegal has a horseshoe up their ass.

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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stages

    Matchday 2 FT Scores: June 20, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Group A
    Two-time FIFA World Cup champions Uruguay joins Russia in the Round of 16 Knockout Stages from Group A.

    Oscar Tabarez's La Celeste defeated and eliminated 1994 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a flat affair inside a hot Rostov Arena.

    FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez scored the only goal of the contest in the 23rd minute after Santos left winger Carlos Sanchez whipped in a corner that was completely missed by Al-Ahli goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais.

    Suarez tucked it home in an unguarded net.

    Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera has his second clean sheet of the tournament with three saves.

    With Uruguay's triumph, Egypt is also eliminated from the tournament.

    Both Russia and Uruguay have six points each with Russia having a better overall goal difference heading to their showdown inside Samara's Cosmos Arena on June 25. Russia has a +7 overall goal differential while Uruguay has a +2.

    If Russia get a point, the hosts win Group A. If Uruguay wins, La Celeste wins Group A.

    Uruguay 1:0 (1:0) Saudi Arabia
    BB55's Man of the Match: Luis Suarez, Uruguay

    Group B
    Morocco is the first team to be eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

    The 1986 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 finishers were sent packing as the 1966 FIFA World Cup Third Place finishers Portugal edged out the Atlas Lions 1-0 inside Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

    Real Madrid and Portuguese captain forward Cristiano Ronaldo made history with the only goal of the game in the fourth minute.

    Ronaldo headed in AS Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho's cross off a short corner to score his fourth goal of the tournament and his 85th international goal is the most for any European player surpassing another European and Real Madrid legend in Hungary's Ferenc Puskas.

    The Atlas Lions had a bevy of chances including seven corners, but can't find the equalizer as Wolverhampton Wanderers shotstopper Rui Patricio had a four-save clean sheet.

    Morocco is eliminated from the tournament after the loss.

    Portugal 1:0 (1:0) Morocco
    BB55's Man of the Match: Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

    Meanwhile in Kazan Arena, 2010 FIFA World Cup champions Spain tied Portugal for top spot with four points, but they had to survive a pesky Iran squad 1-0.

    Team Melli were well organized and compact defensively as they created a scoreless first half.

    Iran had eight blocked shots in the match.

    However, La Roja Furia finally broke the deadlock in the 54th minute as Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa followed up his brace against Portugal with his third goal of the tournament after the ball deflected off his knee and past Persepolis goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand into the back of the net.

    Iran never quit though as they had their own chances with Olympiacos forward Karim Ansarifard hitting the side netting and Al-Gharafa forward Mehdi Taremi blazing his header over the crossbar after Persepolis striker Vahid Amiri nutmegged a Spanish defender.

    Iran thought they equalized a few minutes later when FC Rostov midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi scored in the area, but Uruguayan referee Andre Cunha waved off the goal after consolation from Argentine VAR Mauro Vigliano and one of the assistants as Ezatolahi was ruled offside.

    It was a great and unlucky effort for Iran as they trail both Spain and Portugal by a point for top spot in Group B with one game to go.

    Spain and Portugal are tied for top spot with four points and a +1 overall goal differential each. Spain has the edge over Portugal in fair play points. Spain has a -1 while Portugal as a -2.

    Iran plays Portugal while Spain takes on Morocco on Monday June 25.

    Iran 0:1 (0:0) Spain
    BB55's Man of the Match: Diego Costa, Spain
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Group Stages

    Matchday 2 FT Scores: June 21, 2018

    From FIFA.com

    Group C
    It's must get a point or go home for both Australia and Peru in their second match in group play.

    Peru takes on France and Australia takes on Denmark.

    If France and Denmark both win, those two will go to the Round of 16 Knockout Stages while Peru and Australia will be sent packing.

    Cosmos Arena, Samara
    16:00 Denmark v. Australia
    Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

    Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
    20:00 France v. Peru
    Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (UAE)

    Group D
    Lionel Messi and Argentina will look to make up for their disappointing draw against Iceland as they take on Luka Modric and Croatia in their second group game.

    Croatia can book a spot in the Round of 16 if they beat the Argentines.

    Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
    21:00 Argentina v. Croatia
    Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
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