DENMARK V AUSTRALIA
- Mile Jedinak scored third penalty goal at World Cups
- Yussuf Poulsen became the first player to concede two penalties in a single World Cup
Denmark and Australia played a 1-1 draw in their Group B match in Samara which left the Socceroos facing a struggle to remain in the World Cup.
Feyenoord forward, Nicolai Jorgensen, provided the assist for Christian Eriksen’s goal after seven minutes, controlling the ball on his chest and laying a pass for the Tottenham star to score his 13th goal in his last 15 games.
Australia responded in the 38th minute, courtesy of the VAR and change of heart by Spanish referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
Aaron Mooy’s right-wing corner was met by Mathew Leckie and the ball ricocheted away off the arm of Yussuf Poulsen. Captain Mile Jedinak scored from the spot, his 12th penalty for his country, to maintain his 100 per cent record as he scored the 26th goal of the 47 in the competition so far from a set piece.
The strike was Jedinak’s third penalty goal at World Cups which placed him among six other players who have scored at least as many: Rob Rensenbrink (Holland, four), Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina, four), Eusebio (Portugal, four), Johan Neeskens (Holland, three), Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria, three) and Fernando Hierro (Spain, three).
Poulsen, who was shown his second yellow card in Russia, was the first player to concede two penalties in a single World Cup since Milan Dudic in 2006 for Serbia. Poulsen had also conceded against Peru but was saved then by Christian Cueva’s off-target spot-kick.
The penalty was also the 11th awarded in this year’s group stages, one more than in the entire group stages in Brazil in 2014.
FRANCE V PERU
- France became the third team to secure their place in the knockout stages
- Kylian Mbappe became the youngest player ever to score for France
France became the third team to secure their place in the round of 16 after a 1-0 win against Peru, in the finals for the first time for 40 years, in Ekaterinburg.
The 1998 champions followed hosts Russia and Uruguay into the knock-out stages which made the South Americans become the fourth first-round casualties after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco.
Kylian Mbappe scored the only goal after a shot from Olivier Giroud was deflected into his path off defender Alberto Rodriguez.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward, still only 19, thus became the youngest player ever to score for France in not only in World Cup history but in any major tournament.
ARGENTINA V CROATIA
- Croatia booked round of 16 place
- Argentina are still alive – mathematically
Lionel Messi could not inspire his side as Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia in Nizhny Novgorod in Group D.
The Barcelona forward with staggering 600-plus goals to his credit for club and country over the past 14 years was relatively silent in the match.
A fortuitous lob into Argentina’s box by Croatia was too long for Ante Rebic to reach but Willy Caballero miscued his clearance kick and Rebic volleyed it back into the net.
In the 80th minute, captain Luka Modric struck from just outside the penalty box to make 2-0.
Messi and Argentina’s mystery continued as Ivan Rakitic hit the bar with an 86th-minute free kick and then tapped in the third four minutes later.
Argentina are still alive in the World Cup, albeit, mathematically while Croatia are already in the knockout stage.
Brazil v Costa Rica (1pm)
Nigeria v Iceland (4pm)
Serbia v Switzerland (7pm)