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Ok we are team Eagles but everyone broke down when they lost to Croatia 2-0 😢 it was painful but we know the next game would be much better, so let’s continue supporting them. Below is what the guys think about yesterday’s match;

France vs Australia
France had the best individual players in terms of the world cup. They dominated possession pogba and kante in that middle of the pack is really good. They had good chances an early one for that matter which came from kylian mbappe that could have handed them the lead Antoine Griezmann scored the first penalty given by VAR in World Cup history as France edged past Australia 2-1 in their Group C opener.

France were a long way from their best at the Kazan Arena, with their heralded attacking trio of Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele failing to ignite against a dogged Australian outfit.

After a disjointed first half, the game sparked into life shortly after the interval as referee Andres Cunha awarded a penalty to France after consulting VAR and deciding that Josh Risdon had clipped Griezmann just inside the area. The Atletico Madrid striker’s fierce spot-kick was cancelled out just four minutes later by another penalty, Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak slotting home after Samuel Umtiti handled in the area.

Didier Deschamps’ side looked to be heading for a disappointing start to their campaign, but Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saw his deflected effort bounce off the crossbar and narrowly over the line 10 minutes from time to secure all three points.

France will hope for a more fluid performance against Peru on Thursday, while Australia will look to get their campaign back on track when they face Denmark.
Pogba had other ideas, though, sending a stabbed effort towards goal from the edge of the area which was cruelly diverted past Ryan by Aziz Behich to get the French off to a winning start.

Argentina vs iceland
Argentina went into the world cup game losing Manuel lanzini just before the world cup and having issues with their federation
They started the game well kept possession while the iceland team defended and waited for the counter and it payed off after Argentina had gone one nil up. The goal from aguero was beautiful he was set up well to put them ahead Lionel Messi on the other had was kept quite the whole fourty five minutes.
Hannes Thor Halldorsson was the hero for Iceland as the goalkeeper’s penalty save from Lionel Messi secured his side a sensational 1-1 draw against Argentina.

With Diego Maradona watching on from the stands, Messi failed to convert from the spot in the second half of an eventful Group D opener at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow.

Sergio Aguero had fired the beaten finalists from four years ago ahead in the 19th minute, finally breaking his World Cup duck at the ninth attempt with a rising left-footed drive.

Argentina’s opener arrived after a glaring miss at the other end, the late-arriving Birkir Bjarnason carelessly pushing a side-footed effort wide of the target when the ball had broken kindly into his path.

However, undeterred by the setback of conceding first,Heimir Hallgrimsson’s side hit back. Finnbogason was on hand to score his country’s maiden World Cup, knocking home a rebound after Caballero had parried a low cross straight to the Augsburg forward.

With their lead disappearing in a hurry, Argentina set about trying to find a second goal against determined opponents happy to sit back and defend.

They were gifted the chance to go ahead again when Hordur Magnusson’s clumsy push on Maximiliano Meza was spotted by referee Szymon Marciniak without the aid of technology.

Yet Halldorsson guessed correctly, diving to his right to frustrate Messi, meaning the Barcelona star has now missed four of his last seven attempts from the spot for club and country.

The keeper also produced a late save to keep out an attempt from substitute Cristian Pavon as Iceland – who also drew 1-1 with eventual winners Portugal in their Euro 2016 opener – held on to clinch another famous result in their footballing history.

Peru vs Denmark
Peru were brilliant and played beautifully well passed the ball with confidence and caused problems for the Denmark team had great opportunities to punish them.

Yussuf Poulsen bounced back from conceding a first-half penalty to score the decisive goal in Demark’s 1-0 victory over Peru in their World Cup Group C opener.

The RB Leipzig forward was deemed to have tripped Christian Cueva in the box when referee Bakary Gassama consulted VAR, but the Peru midfielder skied his spot-kick and left the field in tears at the end of a tense opening period.

Denmark settled into the game after the interval and the talismanic Christian Eriksen provided Poulsen with a chance to turn his evening around in the 59th minute, and the 24-year-old made no mistake.

Paolo Guerrero came on from the bench following a successful appeal to suspend his 14-month drug ban cleared him to feature, but he could not turn the game in Peru’s favour.

Kasper Schmeichel denied Jefferson Farfan brilliantly with six minutes to go as Ricardo Gareca’s men gave a good account of themselves in their first World Cup match for 36 years, entertaining the hordes of South American fans who packed the Mordovia Arena.

France await Peru next, while Denmark will go into their game against Australia in confident mood after collecting three points.

Orlando City’s Yoshimar Yotun lashed the ball into Schmeichel’s midriff from 25 yards as Peru made a positive, energetic start to the game and Edison Flores lifted a powerful shot over the crossbar from just outside the box.

Andre Carrillo surged towards the Denmark box in the 13th minute and cut inside to curl a low drive towards the bottom-left corner, only for Schmeichel to pull off a diving save.

Denmark began to dominate possession but it was not until the 27th minute that they attempted a shot on goal, Thomas Delaney launching the ball over.

Peru promptly countered when Carrillo’s weighted pass put Farfan through on goal and Simon Kjaer had to rush across to dispossess the striker.

Denmark midfielder William Kvist was taken off on a stretcher after a sustaining a blow to the ribs in a challenge with Farfan, and disaster almost struck for Age Hareide’s men when Cueva was brought down in the penalty area by Poulsen.

The referee pointed to the spot upon reviewing video footage and Cueva blazed over, much to the dismay of Peru’s sizable travelling support.

Denmark looked more assured after the restart and pushed forward in search of a breakthrough. It arrived just before the hour mark when Eriksen ran through the middle and fed Poulsen, who slotted the ball low to the left of Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.

Peru piled forward and Flores drew a fine, one-handed save from Schmeichel, before the winger was replaced by Peru’s all-time leading goal-scorer Guerrero in the 62nd minute.

The veteran forward quickly tested Schmeichel, heading directly at the keeper from close range before trying an audacious backheel from the edge of the six-yard box that trickled past the post.

Schmeichel then made a brilliant stop with his feet from a late Farfan thunderbolt as Denmark clung on for a hard-fought victory.

Nigeria vs Croatia by Eddy and Deymo

Eddy; The game started in high spirit with a very tantalizing line-up from both teams. First half was balanced and decent but an own goal at the 32nd mins occurred by Etebo through a set piece.

The first half Nigeria was the better team but to be fair it’s disappointing to have conceived an own goal through the header from Kramaric who wasn’t even properly kept off the eighteen yard box.

From the Nigeria part, 3-5-2 is an ideal formation they need to allow Odion Ighalo get good passes and for the Croatia team, keeping pressure on the defence will spring up another goal with modric and Rakitic controlling the midfield with fluidity.

Deymo; After the draw earlier both teams came into the match to win, nigeria started well looking promising from the wings and I think Moses was their best player through out the first half but the own goal from etebo made the nigeria national team a little shaky and Croatia. I thought in the second half nigeria should have brought in kelechi ihenacho ighalo didn’t look good in front Croatia on the other hand didn’t play as I expected with the quality they have in the middle of the pack and in front but the big man in front speaking of Mario mandsukic gave them a relief by winning a penalty for the Croatians.

Croatia claimed pole position in Group D with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Nigeria thanks to an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty.

Midfielder Etebo, who joined Stoke City for €7.2million on Monday, turned a Modric corner into his own net after Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic both flicked the delivery on.

And when William Troost-Ekong needlessly dragged Mandzukic down in the box, captain Modric coolly converted the 71st-minute penalty to give Croatia a winning start on their fifth appearance at the finals.

Croatia had the better of a close contest light on chances in Kaliningrad, with Mandzukic’s aerial power causing plenty of problems for Nigeria, who have the youngest squad at the World Cup.

Gernot Rohr’s men were unable to create a clear opportunity of their own and sit bottom of Group D following the first round of fixtures, Argentina and Iceland having drawn in Moscow earlier on Friday after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

After a cagey opening, Perisic fired Croatia’s first shot in the 13th minute, narrowly clearing the crossbar after Mandzukic’s strength created the opportunity to shoot.

More solid hold-up play from Mandzukic fed Ante Rebic, whose effort deflected wide, with Croatia scoring the opening goal from the resulting set-piece in the 32nd minute.

Perisic and Mandzukic both got a touch on a right-wing Modric corner but the crucial contact came at the back post from Etebo, who could only divert the ball past teenage goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

Alex Iwobi was proving a lively presence in attack for Nigeria but after wriggling into space on the left side of the box, he hit a shot directly into a Croatia defender.

Rebic should have doubled Croatia’s lead, firing over from Perisic’s perfect left-wing centre, with Odion Ighalo’s tame header recording the match’s first shot on target in the 59th minute.

Nigeria’s lack of quality in the final third was evident and after Troost-Ekong was penalised for holding Mandzukic in the penalty area, Modric sent Uzoho the wrong way from 12 yards for his first World Cup goal.

A fightback from the Super Eagles never looked likely, Danijel Subasic given a comfortable outing in the Croatia goal with Kelechi Iheanacho and Etebo missing chances to register.

Croatia next face Messi’s men on Thursday, while Nigeria are in action the following day against World Cup debutants Iceland.

Follow the Contributors; deymo06 @eddy_cj

 

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