Australia vs Peru
Tomi Juric hopes Australia can show more of a clinical edge in its crucial final World Cup group game against Peru on Tuesday. The Socceroos kept their hopes of a spot in the last 16 alive with a 1-1 draw against Denmark on matchday two, but they are undoubtedly facing an uphill task.
They are three points behind Age Hareide's side, which sits a further two adrift of Group C leader France, and Denmark only needs to avoid defeat to Les Bleus to follow it into the knockout phase. Both of Australia's goals in Russia have come from Mile Jedinak penalties and Juric admits a better attacking display against Peru in Sochi would aid their chances of going through.
Denmark vs France
Corentin Tolisso says he has learned from the mistakes he made in France's opening World Cup match against Australia and hopes to get another chance to impress when Les Bleus face Denmark. The Bayern Munich midfielder started against the Socceroos but was hauled off with 12 minutes to go, just three minutes before France netted the winner via an Aziz Behich own goal.
He was subsequently left out for the 1-0 defeat of Peru with Blaise Matuidi coming in and impressing with an energetic display as Didier Deschamps' men secured their place in the last 16. Although he understands why Matuidi got the nod, Tolisso remains optimistic he will win his place back for Les Bleus' final Group C encounter in Moscow.
Nigeria vs Argentina
The world will be watching Lionel Messi on Tuesday as he and his Argentina team-mates attempt to rescue their Russia 2018 campaign against Nigeria.
After two rounds of action in Group D, the 2014 runner-up is staring elimination in the face, having been held to a surprise 1-1 draw by debutant Iceland before capitulating to a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Croatia.
So much of the pre-tournament talk was whether — in what could be his final World Cup — Messi would finally experience international glory, as great rival Cristiano Ronaldo did with Portugal at Euro 2016. But a torrid start means Messi's men have it all to do to simply make it to the first knockout stage — La Albiceleste need to defeat Nigeria in St Petersburg and hope Iceland do not manage likewise against already qualified Croatia.
Iceland vs Croatia
Zlatko Dalic is set to rest players at risk of suspension when Croatia faces familiar foe Iceland in a game his counterpart Heimir Hallgrimsson expects will be a typically uncompromising affair. Croatia and Iceland are well acquainted with one another after meeting in a qualifying play-off for the 2014 World Cup, a tie won 2-0 on aggregate by the Balkan team to deny the minnow its first appearance at the tournament.
They were drawn in the same qualifying group for this year's event, and both progressed, although it was Iceland which finished two points above Croatia in top spot.
Dalic's side has already secured passage to the round of 16 courtesy of victories over Nigeria and Argentina, meaning he can afford to protect the six players at risk of suspension for the knockout stages if they pick up a second yellow card, including Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic.
- Group C: Australia vs Peru, 1930 IST, Fisht Stadium, Sochi
- Group C: Denmark vs France, 1930 IST, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
- Group D: Nigeria vs Argentina, 2330 IST, Saint Petersburg Stadium, St Petersburg
- Group D: Iceland vs Croatia, 2330 IST, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don.
Two matches — Australia versus Peru (1930 IST), and Iceland vs Croatia (2330 IST) — will be telecast live on SONY SIX, while the rest of the matches will be aired on SONY ESPN, TEN 3, and TEN 2.
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