World Cup Report: Croatia pulls off shocking upset against Argentina

Jun 21 2018, 6:56 pm

It’s been a tournament of upsets through the first week at the FIFA World Cup. World powers are falling like flies, it seems, and Thursday was no exception.

Croatian sensations

What a result for Croatia.

Up against Lionel Messi and perennial powerhouse Argentina, Croatia pulled off a massive upset, winning 3-0.

The win improves Croatia’s record to 2-0, and guarantees they’ll advance to the knockout round for the first time since 1998.

It all began with an error by Argentinian goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero. An unforgivable giveaway gave Croatia a gift, with Ante Rebic converting to give his country a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute.

Croatia’s second goal was no fluke though. Luka Modric powered home a world-class strike in the 80th minute to make the score 2-0.

Croatia added another in stoppage time, with Ivan Rakitic potting the 3-0 goal.

Argentina drew with Iceland in their first match and are now in danger of failing to make it out of the group stage. They’ll need a win against Nigeria, and some help, to move on.

VAR works in Australia’s favour

Australia was the victim of the Video Assisted Referee in their first match, as France was awarded a penalty in the first-ever video review in World Cup history.

It worked in their favour in their second match against Denmark, as video revealed a handball in the box by Yussuf Poulsen.

Mile Jedinak made Denmark pay from the spot, levelling the match 1-1.

Australia’s equalizer in the 38th minute came 31 minutes after Denmark opened the scoring with a gorgeous goal by Christian Eriksen.

Australia will need a victory against Peru in their last match of the group stage, to go with some help from France, to advance.

France moves on, Peru’s run is over

Peru deserved better.

Yet here they are, winless and goalless through two matches at the World Cup.

They won’t be advancing, despite some impressive play, after a 1-0 defeat to France.

The Peruvians went toe-to-toe with the European powerhouse, but fell victim to some bad luck. The only goal of the match took a favourable French bounce, with Kylian Mbappe getting credit in the 34th minute.

Peru came close to tying the match a few times, including this great chance in the 50th minute.

This picture sums it up for Peru:

France, meanwhile, is off to the Round of 16. They’ll finish atop Group C with a draw or a win against Denmark in their next match.

Friday’s matches

Brazil is back in action on Friday, looking for their first win of the tournament against Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Serbia could guarantee a spot in the knockout round with a win against Switzerland.

And the smallest country to ever play in a World Cup, Iceland could put themselves in a great position to advance with a win against Nigeria.

  • Brazil vs Costa Rica (5 am PT / 8 am ET)
  • Nigeria vs Iceland (8 am PT / 11 am ET)
  • Serbia vs Switzerland (11 am PT / 2 pm ET)
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