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World Cup Day 13: Live Commentary

The final round of group stage matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup got off with a bang on Monday, and Tuesday’s action should not disappoint either.

Groups C and D will be at the forefront of the action with several teams looking to remain alive in the competition.

The top two teams in Group C will square off in Moscow with France facing Denmark. Les Bleus are already guaranteed a spot in the knockout stage but would love to finish atop of the group. Denmark could spoil the party with a win over the heavy favorites.

Australia dukes it out with already eliminated Peru hoping for some magic to go their way. The Socceroos can still advance with a win of them own, paired with a Denmark defeat. Mile Jedinak leads the way for the Australians.

Group D sees leaders Croatia needing just a point against Iceland to guarantee a first place finish. Luka Modric has been key to the Croatians success so far, while defensively the team has yet to concede. Iceland’s hopes rest on midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson who is coming off a disappointing match against Nigeria.

Argentina’s World Cup lives will come down to Tuesday’s showdown with Nigeria. Leo Messi and Co. are on the brink of elimination with just one point through their first two matches. Nigeria, who currently sit in second, will look to in-form forward Ahmed Musa who netted a brace against Iceland.

The SBI Editorial Staff will be providing live commentary on today’s matches and would like you to join the fun. Feel free to join us and comment along in the section below.

Enjoy the action.

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  1. 76th minute- Nigeria and Argentina are still 1-1 but the referee is about to check VAR on a potential handball against Argentina. The ball hit the player’s head THEN his hand, NO penalty. Good call by the referee.

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  2. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who skied a penalty in the Nigeria match, makes no such mistake this time and he levels the score at one with a perfect penalty into the roof of the net.

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  3. 75th Minute- PENALTY TO ICELAND! Dejan Lovren handles in the box and the referee points to the spot giving the Vikings some life.

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  4. Close call for Iceland in the 55th minute. Lovre Kalinic barely gets a fingertip to a header to knock the attempt over the bar.

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  5. Disaster for Iceland. Moments after Nigeria equalizes in Saint Petersburg, Milan Badelj gets Croatia on the board by making a well time run into the box and bouncing a shot into the back of the net.

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  6. HALFTIME- Argentina 1, Nigeria 0. Messi’s wonder strike is the difference. This is much closer to the Argentina most expected before the tournament, miles better than the team that lost to Croatia and tied Iceland. Nigeria looked comfortable playing for a draw before the goal, and have struggled to get a real footing since.

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  7. Stoppage Time- Gunnarson with a shot that barely gets tipped over the bar and the ensuing corner before the half time whistle is mostly harmless.

    The first half of Croatia-Iceland was a cagey affair at the beginning, but after word came to Rostov that Argentina had scored, the VIkings began to show some more desperation. All of their shots came after the 28th minute when they began to retain more possession and essentially control the flow of the match. Expect the second 45 minutes to continue to open up as Iceland searches for the goal that would put them through to the knockout rounds.

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  8. 40th Minute- Finnbogason comes close for Iceland! He gets the ball at the top of the box and launches a low shot inches wide of the near post.

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  9. Still not much happening in Iceland-Croatia. Iceland on the front foot for the last ten minutes or so, but they haven’t exactly created much in the way of chances.

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  10. 28th minute- Higuain forces a save from the Nigeria goalkeeper, and the ensuing collision has the Nigerian goalkeeper down and receiving treatment. He’s up now. Still 1-0 Argentina

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  11. GROUP D action underway, with Argentina facing Nigeria and Iceland taking on Croatia. The Croatians are already through, but the other three teams all have hopes of joining them in the knockout rounds.

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  12. 83rd minute – Save for Schmeichel. Been a BORING second half. Both teams know they’re in and they’ve played like it the last 10 or so minutes. Fans in attendance getting restless.

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  13. france is a mystery to me. big, strong, athletic bodies. very good soccer feet. but always stuck in second gear. where is the passion? where is the urge to go forward, to score?

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    • if you grew up in the usa watching michael jordan putting on his show week after week then you can’t understand this idea of passing the ball backwards. michael Jordan didn’t need to pass the ball backwards. because he he KNEW in his mind, “i’m gonna beat you!” “i could over you. i could go around you. i just might go through you. but i’m gonna beat you!” and he would, nearly every time. where is that in this france team? who Playing for france wants to win?

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  14. 50th minute – France with the typical early second half fullback substitution as Mendy replaces Hernandez. A better attacker so we’ll see.

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  15. 34th minute – Good look for Lemar, who curls a long-distance effort just wide. France yet to truly test Schmeichel.

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  16. 15th minute- Australian captain Mile Jedinak picked up an early yellow card. Could that come back to haunt the Aussies? Early on, Australia is controlling the play and Peru is sitting back, looking nothing like they did in their first two World Cup matches.

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  17. 10th minute- Australia and Peru are goal-less. Australia still has hopes of getting to the knockout round, while Peru is trying to score its first goal of the tournament, and first World Cup win in more three decades.

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