Nothing to divide Australia and Denmark after a 1-1 draw
This game is best described as the game of two halves; Denmark was better in the first half while Australia was the better team in the second half. Christian Eriksen opened up the scoring in the 7th minute with a beautiful volley inside the penalty box to make it 1-0 to Denmark. One of the best goals we have seen at the World Cup so far. The Danes had a couple more chances to increase their lead but failed to do so. In the 38th minute Australia were awarded a penalty because a handball played in the penalty box by Danish player Yussuf Poulsen. VAR (Video Assistant Referee) was used to help make this decision. Mile Jedinak would score his second penalty of the tournament and make it 1-1; the score would remain the same at half time. Australia was the better side in the second half, creating more chances and looking more dangerous than Denmark. Even though Australia were the better side in the second half, they failed to find the back of the net; resulting in the game finishing 1-1. For the second straight game Denmark has been outplayed in the second half by their opponent. Even with that in mind, Denmark is happy to have four points after two games. Both Australian goals at this year’s World Cup have come from a penalty.
France secures place in round of 16 after 1-0 victory over Peru
Another uninspiring French victory at this year’s World Cup. Even though they got the three points and have progressed out of the group stage, they did not play well. In this game they were outplayed in some portions of the match by Peru, especially in the second half. Nineteen year old Kylian Mbappe would put the French in front in the 34th minute, Mbappe’s goal makes him France’s youngest ever goal scorer at a World Cup. In the second half Peru were the better team and they simply outplayed this talented French squad. Peru had chances and probably deserved a draw out of this game but just could not score, same story from their last game repeated in this game. With the loss Peru have been eliminated from the World Cup after two games played, Peru still has one more game to play against Australia. France is on top of group C after two games and will face Denmark in their next game for the top spot.
Current Standings in Group C after two games:
- France 6 points, +2 Goal Difference
- Denmark 4 points, +1 Goal Difference
- Australia 1 points, -1 Goal Difference
- Peru 0 points, -2 Goal Difference
Preview for the third and final games in Group C
Denmark vs France June 26th, 2018, Moscow, Russia
France already has the upper hand for first place as they already have six points from two games while Denmark has four points from two games. France can draw this game and still win the group. Denmark on the other hand can also win the group but only with a win, while they can still finish third and go home early if they were to lose to France and Australia beats Peru. That would result in Australia finishing second and going through to the round of 16. A draw for Denmark would secure them second place, so anything but a loss would see Denmark through to the round of 16. A loss could still see Denmark advance but then Australia would have to draw or to lose to Peru. France has yet to impress so far at the tournament and Denmark has shown to be a first half only team so far. It will be interesting to see how this game plays out.
Prediction: Draw 1-1
Australia vs Peru June 26th, 2018, Sochi, Russia
With Peru already eliminated from round of 16 contention, they will be playing for pride against Australia. On the other hand Australia still has a shot of making it to the round of 16 but only a win would see them through along with a Denmark loss. With that being said this game will be very open and attack minded. Nothing but a win benefits the Australians so they will be attacking from the first minute, while Peru has played attack minded throughout their first two games; look for them to continue that in their last game of the World Cup. Look for a lot of goals to be scored in this game.
Prediction: Draw 2-2
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