Argentina v Croatia – FIFA World cup 2018 June 21 – Group D

LIVE : Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D) – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm

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Argentina face Croatia at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Argentina are targeting their first win of the 2018 World Cup when they face Croatia in Group D on Thursday (7pm BST).Jorge Sampaoli’s side have a point on the board but will need much more in their second game if they are to have a chance of getting out of the group

Team news

Sampaoli named his starting XI for Iceland the day before Argentina’s opening game, although is yet to reveal his chosen line-up for this meeting.

He has never used the same XI twice during his time in charge of the country and Cristian Pavon could make his competitive debut.

Croatia will be without Nikola Kalinic, who was sent home after reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute against Nigeria, with a back injury cited as the reason. Dalic has said he will make some changes.

Potential Argentina XI: Caballero; Mercado, Otamendi, Tagliafico; Salvio, Mascherano, Meza, Acuna; Messi, Aguero, Pavon.

Potential Croatia XI: Subasic; Vida, Corluka, Strinic, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Rakitic, Badelj, Modric, Perisic, Rebic; Mandzukic.

France v Peru – FIFA World cup Russia 2018 June 21 – (Group C)

LIVE: Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) – Ekaterinburg, 4pm

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France v Peru will kick off at 4pm France can secure their spot in the World Cup’s last 16 when they take on Peru in their second Group C game in Yekaterinburg.

Having won their opening game Les Bleus can take a step towards the knock-out stage with a win over Ricardo Gareca’s men in Yekaterinburg

France can move closer to the last 16 of the World Cup on Thursday when they face Peru at Central Stadium in their second Group C game.

Team news

With a less than stellar performance against Australia, Didier Deschamps could make a few changes to his starting line-up on Thursday, with Olivier Giroud pushing for a start in attack. Antoine Griezmann has also been passed as fit after picking up an ankle knock in the opening game.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero – who had initially been banned from the World Cup for a doping violation – was a substitute against Denmark, but could start in Yekaterinburg.

Potential France XI: Lloris; Pavard, Umtiti, Varane, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Matuidi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud.

Potential Peru XI: Gallese; Advincula, Rodriguez, Ramos, Trauco; Yotun, Tapia, Cueva, Farfan, Carillo, Guerrero.

 

Denmark v Australia – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 June 21 – Group C

LIVE: Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C) – Samara, 1pm

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Victory for Denmark will ensure a finish in the top two of Group C

Predicted XIs

Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Jens Stryger Larsen, Andreas Christensen, Simon Kjaer, Henrik Dalsgaard; Lasse Schone, Thomas Delaney, Christian Eriksen; Pione Sisto, Nicolai Jorgensen, Yussuf Yurary Poulsen.

Australia: Mathew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon; Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse; Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie

Denmark will be eyeing a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup when they take on Australia in their second Group C game on Thursday.

Denmark beat Peru 1-0 on Saturday in a cagey opening game, but will know that another three points at the Samara Arena will ensure their place in the top two and a spot in the knockout stages.

Team news
There are a few injury concerns for Denmark. Andreas Christensen and William Kvist were both withdrawn due to injury against Peru, and while the Chelsea defender is likely to be fit to feature, Kvist will play no further part in the competition.
Australia have a full-strength squad and fans have been calling for top scorer Tim Cahill to feature against Denmark as he aims to join an elite club with four other players who have scored in four straight editions of the World Cup.

Iran 0-1 Spain – Diego Costa celebrates after giving Spain the lead

Iran 0-1 Spain.: Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B) – Kazan, 7pm

Diego Costa struck again for Spain to seal a 1-0 win over World Cup Group B opponents Iran, who had a goal disallowed for offside.

Player ratings

Iran: Beiranvand (6), Safi (6), Pouraliganji (6), Hosseini (6), Rezaeian (7), Ezatolahi (7), Ebrahimi (7), Ansarifard (7), Amiri (7), Taremi (7), Azmoun (7).

Subs used: Mohammadi (5), Jahanbakhsh (4), Ghoddos (n/a).

Spain: De Gea (6), Alba (7), Ramos (7), Pique (7), Carvajal (7), Inietsa (7), Busquets (7), Vazquez (7), Isco (8), Silva (8), Costa (7).

Subs used: Koke (4), Asensio (4), Rodrigo (n/a).

Man of the match: Isco.

Team news

Dani Carvajal returned from a hamstring injury to replace Nacho in the Spain XI, with Lucas Vazquez also coming in for Koke. Iran made three changes, with Saeid Ezatolahi, Mehdi Taremi and Majid Hosseini coming into the XI.

What’s next?

Iran can still mathematically make it through to the knockout stages, and take on Portugal in their final group game on Monday 25 June, with Spain also playing Morocco on the same in Kaliningrad. Both games kick off at 7pm.

MATCH PREVIEW:

Iran and Spain meet in Kazan.AFTER their 3-3 blockbuster against Portugal in one of the games of the tournament so far, Spain now turn their attention to Iran.

David de Gea will be under the spotlight when Spain face Iran in their second World Cup Group B match on Wednesday (7pm BST).

 

Team news

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is available after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final. He could start in place of Nacho, who scored against Portugal.

Iran have no injury concerns.

 

URUGUAY 1-0 SAUDI ARABIA – Uruguay booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 1-0 win

  • Full-time: Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia

     Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don
Uruguay booked their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia in Rostov-on-Don on Wednesday afternoon. Suarez’s early goal gifts Uruguay a hard-fought win over Saudi Arabia.Russia also qualify for last 16, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt are out.

Team news

Luis Suarez won his 100th cap for Uruguay, starting up front with Edinson Cavani. Carlos Sanchez and Cristian Rodriguez came into the side. Saudi Arabia made four changes from the 5-0 hammering by Russia – with Mohammed Al-Owais replacing Abdullah Al-Maiouf in goal.

What’s next?

Uruguay will play hosts Russia in Samara at 3pm next Monday to determine which side will top the group, while Saudi Arabia will face Egypt at the same time in Volgograd with both eliminated sides looking to pick up their first points of the tournament.

Match Preview

Uruguay can qualify for last 16 of World Cup with win.Uruguay will turn to experience as they look to secure victory against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup (4pm BST)

STARTING XIs

Uruguay (4-4-2)

Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Gimenez, Diego Godin (capt), Martin Caceres; Carlos Sanchez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani

Saudi Arabia (4-5-1)

Mohammed Al-Owais; Mohammed Al-Burayk, Osama Hawsawi (capt), Ali Al-Bulayhi, Yasser Al-Shahrani; Hatan Bahbri, Salman Al-Faraj, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Salem Al-Dawsari, Fahad Al-Muwallad

Team news

Sanchez and Rodriguez are set to start for Uruguay while Saudi Arabia might make changes after their defeat to Russia.

Group A P W D L F A Pts
Russia 2 2 0 0 8 1 6
Uruguay 1 1 0 0 1 0 3
Saudi Arabia 1 0 0 1 0 5 0
Egypt 2 0 0 2 1 4 0

 

Portugal 1-0 Morocco – Ronaldo scores 85th goal for Portugal

  • Portugal 1-0 Morocco : Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B) – Moscow (Luzhniki), 1pm

Cristiano Ronaldo breaks European record.Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to second on the all-time top scorers list in international football

Player Ratings

Portugal: Patricio (8), Cedric (6), Pepe (6), Fonte (7), Guerreiro (5), Silva (6), Carvalho (6), Moutinho (6), Joao Mario (6), Ronaldo, (8) Guedes (6)

Subs: Fernandes (6), Gelson (6)

Morocco: Mohamedi (6), Dirar (6), Da Costa (5), Benatia (4), Hakimi (6), El Ahmadi (6), Boussoufa (7), Belhanda (7), Amrabat (8), Boutaib,(6), Ziyech (7)

Subs: El Kaabi (6), Carcela (6), Fajr (6)

Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo

Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo

What’s next?

Portugal require just a point against Iran on Monday to guarantee their spot in the next round while Morocco take on Spain.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo proved the difference for Portugal as his early header condemned Morocco to a 1-0 defeat in Group B at the World Cup.

 

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Portugal v Morocco – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Ronaldo in fine form heading into Portugal’s second 2018 World Cup match

Portugal will edge closer to the knockouts should they beat Morocco in their second Group B game in Moscow.

Team news

All 23 players took part in Portugal’s final training session ahead of their clash at the Luzhniki Stadium. Andre Silva is expected to take the place of Goncalo Guedes up front, while Joao Mario could be in line to start.

Morocco boss Renard is expected to name an unchanged side to the one that faced Iran on Friday.

Russia 3-1 Egypt – Ahmed Fathi own goal, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyub see off Egypt

Russia 3-1 Egypt – FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 June 19 – (Group A) – St Petersburg

Hosts Russia roared to a 3-1 win over Egypt in St Petersburg on Tuesday evening to put themselves on the brink of the World Cup last 16.Denis Cheryshev celebrates his goal against Egypt

Player ratings

Russia: Akinfeev (7), Fernandes (7), Kutepov (7), Ignashevich (6), Zhirkov (7), Cheryshev (8), Gazinsky (6), Zobnin (8), Golovin (7), Samedov (8), Dzyuba (8)

Subs: Kuzayev (6), Smolov (6), Kudryashov (n/a)

Egypt: El Shenawy (5), Gabr (6), Hegazi (6), Fathi (5), Abdel-Shafy (6), Hamed (7), Salah (7), Elneny (6), Said (6), Hassan (7), Mohsen (7)

Subs: Warda (6), Ramadan (6), Kahraba (n/a)

Man of the match: Denis Cheryshev

Team news

The big news saw Liverpool star Mo Salah replace Amr Warda in the only change to Egypt’s starting line-up. Russia made two changes from the win over Saudi Arabia as Denis Cheryshev and Artyom Dzyuba replaced Fyodor Smolov and the injured Alan Dzagoev.

Man of the match: Denis Cheryshev

What’s next?

Russia’s final game in Group A is against Uruguay in Samara next Monday afternoon (3pm, UK time). Egypt face Saudi Arabia in Volgograd at the same time.

PREVIEW:

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is the name on everyone’s lips as Russia attempt to virtually secure their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday night.

Team news

Russia will be without one of their key players, with Alan Dzagoev expected to miss the rest of the tournament after damaging his hamstring in Thursday’s 5-o win over Saudi Arabia.

Salah has been declared 100 per cent fit by Egypt’s team doctor and his agent.

Possible line-ups:
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Yury Gazinsky, Daler Kuziaev; Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Fedor Smolov

Egypt: Mohammed El Shenawy, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazy, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Abdelshafy; Tarek Hamed, Mohammed El Neny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Abdullah Al Said; Mohammed Salah, Marwan Mohsen

 

Poland 1-2 Senegal – Mbaye Niang of Senegal celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal

Poland 1-2 Senegal – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – June 19 (Group H) – Moscow (Spartak)

Senegal claimed their first World Cup win since 2002 with a shock 2-1 victory over Poland in Group H.M’Baye Niang and Thiago Cionek’s own goal hands Senegal victory

Player ratings

Poland: Szczesny (4), Piszczek (6), Cionek (4), Pazdan (6), Rybus (6), Krychowiak (5), Zielinski (5), Blaszczykowski (5), Milik (5), Grosicki (5), Lewandowski (5)

Subs: Bednarek (6), Kownacki (5), Bereszynski (6)

Senegal: N’Diaye (7), Wague (6), Sane (6), Koulibaly (6), Sabaly (7), Gueye (7), N’Diaye (7), Sarr (7), Mane (6), Niang (8), Diouf (6)

Subs: Konate (6), N’Doye (N/A), Kouyate (N/A)

Man of the match: M’Baye Niang

Team news

Sadio Mane started on the wing for Senegal with Mame Biram Diouf and M’Baye Niang leading the attack.

Robert Lewandowski spearheaded the Poland attack. Kamil Glik was on the bench.

What’s next?

Poland continue their quest for qualification against Colombia at 7pm on Sunday. Senegal, meanwhile, take on Japan earlier on the same day at 4pm.

PREVIEW:

Poland meet Senegal on Tuesday afternoon as the final two teams to enter the 2018 World Cup clash in Moscow.

Senegal defender Saliou Ciss has been injured in training and been replaced on the World Cup roster by fellow left back Adama Mbengue.

Aside from Mane, a number of England-based players could feature for Senegal, including Stoke players Mame Biram Diouf and Badou Ndiaye; Everton’s Idrissa Gueye; Wolves’ Alfred N’Diaye; Birmingham’s Cheikh N’Doye; and West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate, who will captain the side.

Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik is set to be fit, despite suffering a freak hand injury when he slipped over at a sea life centre.

 

Possible line-ups:

Poland: Wojciech Szczesny; Maciej Rybus, Michal Pazdan, Jan Bednarek, Lukasz Piszczek; Kamil Grosicki, Jacek Goralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Piotr Zielinski; Robert Lewandowski

Senegal: Khadim Ndiaye; Lamine Gassama, Kara Mbodji, Kalidou Koulibaly, Youssouf Sabaly; Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gana Idrissa Gueye; Keita Balde, M’Baye Niang, Sadio Mane

 

Colombia 1-2 Japan: – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – June 19 (Group H) – Saransk, 1pm

Colombia 1-2 Japan – FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia – Tues  June 19 (Group H) – Saransk

Japan secured their first World Cup victory on European soil as Yuya Osako’s header earned a 2-1 win over 10-man Colombia in Saransk.

Player ratings

Colombia: Ospina (6), Murillo (6), Arias (6), Mojica (6), D. Sanchez (5), C. Sanchez (3), Cuadrado (5), Lerma (5), Quintero (6), Izquierdo (5), Falcao (6).

Subs: Barrios (6), Rodriguez (5), Bacca (5)

Japan: Kawashima (6), Shoji (6), Nagatomo (7), H. Sakai (7), Yoshida (7), Shibasaki (6), Haraguchi (6), Kagawa (7), Inui (7), Hasebe (6), Osako (8).

Subs: Honda (7), Yamaguchi (6), Okazaki (6)

Man of the match: Yuya Osako

What’s next?

Japan continue their quest for qualification from Group H when they travel to the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg to face Senegal on Sunday (4pm BST kick-off). Colombia play Poland on the same day at the Kazan Arena at 7pm BST.

PREVIEW:

Colombia and Japan will both be looking to get off to winning starts when their World Cup campaigns get underway in Saransk on Tuesday lunchtime.

Colombia have a doubt over Rodriguez, who was absent from a training session last week due to a muscle problem.

Johan Mojica is set to deputise at left back for Frank Fabra, who is out of the tournament due to a knee injury.

Japan forward Shinji Okazaki may miss out with a calf problem, although midfielder Ryota Oshima and defender Gen Shoji are expected to be fit after they both recently returned to training.

 

Tunisia 1-2 England: Harry Kane scores twice in World Cup Group G opener

Tunisia v England – World Cup 2018 : LIVE From Volgograd, 7pm (Group G)

Harry Kane scored a dramatic injury-time winner as England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their World Cup opener in Volgograd on Monday evening.

Player ratings

Tunisia: Mouez Hassen (7), S Ben Youssef (7), Meriah (6), Bronn (7), Maaloul (6), F Ben Youssef (6), Badri (7), Sassi (7), Skhiri (6), Khazri (7), Sliti (7)

Subs: Ben Mustapha (6), Ben Amor (6), Khalifa (n/a)

England: Pickford (7), Walker (6), Stones (7), Maguire (8), Lingard (8), Henderson (7), Trippier (9), Young (6), Alli (6), Sterling (6), Kane (8).

Subs: Rashford (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Dier (n/a)

Man of the match: Kieran Trippier

What’s next?

England continue their quest for qualification from Group G when they travel to Nizhny Novgorod to face Panama on Sunday lunchtime (1pm BST kick-off). Tunisia play Belgium a day earlier in Moscow, also at 1pm BST.

 

England manager Gareth Southgate has not sprung any surprises with his line-up for their first game at this year’s World Cup.

Everton’s Jordan Pickford gets the nod in goal, with Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire the three centre-back. Kieran Tripper and Ashley Young play at full-back.

Jordan Henderson is picked ahead of Eric Dier in the ‘pivot’ role in front of the defence, while Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli and Raheem Sterling are the runners from midfield.

Skipper Harry Kane of Tottenham leads the line.

England XI: Pickford, Trippier, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Young, Henderson, Lingard, Alli, Sterling, Kane.

Tunisia, Sunderland midfielder Whabi Khazi, who spent last season on-loan at Rennes, captains the side and is in behind striker Lille striker Naim Sliti.

Leicester’s Yohan Benalouane is on the bench.

Tunisia XI: Hassen, Bronn, Syam Ben Youssef, Meriah, Maaloul, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Skhiri, Sassi, Badri, Khazri, Sliti.