Following on from hosts Russia and Uruguay, The winners of 1998 FIFA World France were the next team to seal their place in the Round of 16. It was a very tough game as expected against Peru, but the Les Blues were able to register a second win thanks to the 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe’s 34th-minute goal in a match in which goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris played his 100th international. The South Americans will be on their way home after their final Group C fixture on Tuesday but they must be proud of their performance as they gave it a big fight.
In contrast, the Australian Socceroos still have a glimmer of hope to reach the knockout phase after picking up their first point at Russia 2018 in a draw with Denmark which was the first game of the day. Christian Eriksen scored a brilliant goal in the seventh minute, but captain Mile Jedinak equalized from the penalty spot shortly before the break. The Socceroos now need to beat Peru and hope France overcome Denmark in order to have a chance of progressing to the last 16.
The biggest surprise of the day was by Croatia beating Argentina. Ante Rebic opened the scoring in the 53rd-minute – thanks to a helping hand from Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero – before Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic rounded off a 3-0 victory to book Croatia’s place in the last 16 for the first time since the 1998 golden generation.
The outlook is rather bleaker for Lionel Messi and Argentina, with the 2014 World Cup runners-up on the verge of elimination after collecting just one point from two games. The last time La Albiceleste failed to make it past the group stage was at Korea/Japan 2002.