FIFA 2018 Russia world cup has been going on with great flurry. With some of the qualifiers of knockouts been decided, another set of qualifying team are to be decided today. The greatest sport event currently going on is drawing audience from all over and is giving the fans real treat. Here is a quick fix of games to be played on Thursday.
Denmark V Australia
This will be the fourth encounter between Denmark and Australia, their first at the World Cup. Australia have lost each of their last four World Cup matches, conceding at least two goals in each game. Only in their first ever appearance in 1986 have Denmark won both of their opening two matches in a World Cup campaign. Denmark kept a clean sheet in their opening match against Peru, but have never kept consecutive shutouts in the World Cup before. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has kept a clean sheet in each of his last five matches for Denmark, last conceding a goal 534 minutes ago vs Republic of Ireland. Christian Eriksen has had a hand in 17 goals in his last 14 appearances for Denmark (12 goals, 5 assists). Mile Jedinak’s goal against France was his second for Australia in World Cup finals matches.
France Vs Peru
France and Peru’s only previous encounter was a friendly in April 1982. Peru are winless in their last five World Cup encounters against European opposition. Peru are winless in their last seven World Cup matches. South American side Peru mustered 17 shots in their opening game against Denmark, but still failed to find the net in a 0-1 defeat. After consecutive defeats vs Mexico and South Africa in 2010, France are unbeaten in their last four group stage games in World Cup finals (W3 D1 L0). Antoine Griezmann. Having become France’s youngest ever player in a major tournament in their opening match, Kylian Mbappé is also looking to become their youngest ever goalscorer in a World Cup or European Championships.Should he make an appearance against Peru, Hugo Lloris will earn his 100th cap for the national team and will become the first goalkeeper to reach this milestone for France.
Argentina Vs Croatia
Argentina started their 2018 World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland while Croatia won their opening game against Nigeria. This will be the fifth meeting between Argentina and Croatia Just one of the previous four meetings between Argentina and Croatia was at a World Cup, with Argentina winning 1-0 in a group stage game in 1998, courtesy of Mauricio Pineda’s strike. Lionel Messi has scored in each of his two previous appearances against Croatia, including his first ever goal for Argentina (March 2006). Argentina forward Lionel Messi attempted 11 shots in his first game at the 2018 World Cup finals. Croatia have scored in each of their last five World Cup games, their longest such streak in the competition. Croatia defender Vedran Corluka will be the second member of their 2018 World Cup squad to earn 100 caps for Croatia.