Denmark beat Peru in its opener on a lukewarm performance. The Danes now need to put the Socceroos away to help ensure they advance out of the with likely group winner France, but Australia showed they are no pushovers, playing a gritty game against France before falling 2-1 on an own goal. Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) and Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), however, should be up for the challenge as they hope to extend Denmark’s ten-game undefeated streak.
Location: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
Time: 3:00 pm local time, 8:00 am EST
France vs Peru — Group C
France seemed to many to underperform the sky-high potential of the talent stocked in their starting lineup. Samuel Umtiti conceded a penalty to Australia minutes after Antoine Griezmann scored the opening goal, and France won thanks only to a late own-goal. The big names on the roster—Dembélé, Mbappé, Pogba—need to step up their game and play to their potential against a weak Peru that lost to Denmark 1-0. On paper, this should be an easy three points for France, but this World Cup has shown that you win nothing merely by showing up.
Location: Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Time: 6:00 pm local time, 11:00 am EST
The match of the day by a mile: Croatia have arguably shown the greatest synchronization and teamwork of all the teams at the World Cup so far, dispatching Nigera 2-0 while looking capable of far more. Argentina meanwhile could easily find themselves out of the World Cup if they cannot improve their standing. After parting with lowly but brave Iceland with a 1-1 tie, Lionel Messi & co. could fall to third place in the group if they suffer another loss or draw and Iceland defeats Nigeria. But Argentina have their work cut out for them. Messi willed them through qualifying, but it’s a team sport and Argentina have yet to play like a good team.
Location: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Novgorod, Russia
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 2:00 pm EST
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