Russia 2018 - Group C

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The Ball is Round Football Index: World Cup Finals: Russia 2018: Group C.

Coverage of Group C matches during the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia between Australia, Denmark, France and Peru.

2018 World Cup Finals - Group C - Fixtures and Results

Group C P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to France France 3 2 1 0 3/1 +2 7
Travel to Denmark Denmark 3 1 2 0 2/1 +1 5
Travel to Peru Peru 3 1 0 2 2/2 -- 3
Travel to Australia Australia 3 0 1 2 2/5 -3 1

Host Cities - Visit Russia.

Group C Games

Saturday, 16th June

Travel to France France vs Australia Travel to Australia in Kazan (2:1)

The Socceroos started to believe in themselves once the first fifteen minutes passed without a serious threat from les bleus.

Hugo Lloris even had to save the French some embarrassment from a possible own goal; at the back end of a floating Australian free-kick.

After the Iberian delight of the night before in Sochi, football suffered something of a hangover here in Kazan; as the wannabees and nearly rans didn't really break into a first-half sweat.

Half-time: France 0 -  Australia 0

Russia 2018 Ten minutes after the start of the second half, France were awarded a penalty after a VAR review; although it seemed Joshua Risdon did get a foot to the ball before catching

Russia 2018 Australia were awarded a penalty just five minutes later, after Samuel Umtiti raised his hand to the ball. Mike Jedinak equalled the score comfortably.

Russia 2018 Goaline technology confirmed that Paul Pogba's deflected chip off the underside of the bar did cross the line and give France the edge, with nine minutes to go; although the goal would later be given as an Aziz Behich own goal.

Australia may have deserved a draw, but we don't always get what we deserve; especially when the cream eventually rises to the top.

Travel to Peru Peru vs Denmark Travel to Denmark in Saransk (0:1)

They huffed and they puffed but they couldn't blow the house down.

Both teams started with plenty of end to end bravado but failed to complete on the plan and the first-half headed towards a snore draw; until VAR came into play, a minute before the break.

On review, a penalty was awarded to Peru after Christian Cueva performed a beautiful stud roll on the ball to lose Yussuf Poulsen and was subsequently hooked down by the Dane's trailing leg.

Cueva stuttered on his run up, to try and commit Kasper Schmeichel, but hoofed the penalty kick high over the bar; the second penalty miss of the day, after Messi saw his spot kick saved by Iceland's Hannes Thor Halldorsson in Moscow.

Half-time: Peru 0 - Denmark 0

The second-half started much like the first, with Cueva trying to impress a little more, after his miserable penalty miss.

Russia 2018 But it was a Christian Eriksen inspired break down the middle that allowed Yussuf Poulsen to add the finishing touch; curling the ball around Pedro Gallese on the left.

Kasper Schmeichel was immediately called into action at the other end, as Cueva laid the table for Flores.

Poulsen too putting in a shift on the Danish goal line a little later to keep the Peruvian threat at bay.

Peru continued to attack through Cueva and really deserved to level the score; Paolo Guerrero even trying a sneaky back-heel to try and get the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.

Then Schmeichel blocked out Jefferson Farfan, as Peru continued to search for an equaliser right up to the final whistle.

Thursday, 21st June

Travel to Denmark Denmark vs Australia Travel to Australia in Samara (1:1)

Russia 2018 Christian Eriksen opened the scoring for Denmark in the seventh minute, finishing off a swift Danish counter attack.

Russia 2018 Australia were back in the game, half an hour later, after VAR judged Yussuf Poulsen to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Mike Jedinak scored his second spot kick of the tournament.

Half-time: Denmark 1 - Australia 1

And that's the way it stayed.

Travel to France France vs Peru Travel to Peru in Ekaterinburg (1:0)

Hugo Lloris makes his 100th international appearance in goal for France and Olivier Giroud starts up top.

The Peruvian fans made plenty of noise to encourage their team forward.

On the half-hour, Lloris made a save with his legs from Paolo Guerrero, the Peruvian captain.

Russia 2018 A few minutes later, France were ahead; a Kylian Mbappe tap in from Olivier Giroud's chip over Pedro Gallese, from the left side of the box.

France seemed a little more confident; and Peru deflated.

Half-time: France 1 - Peru 0

Peru tried to get back on level terms but France just did enough to hold the game. Hopefully the French will excite us a little more in the knockout stage.

Tuesday, 26th June

Travel to Australia Australia vs Peru Travel to Peru in Sochi (0:2)

Australia needed to win and hope Denmark lost. Peru were out, but gave their fans something to shout about; with two goals in the first fifty minutes.

No comeback for Australia.

Travel to Denmark Denmark vs France Travel to France in Moscow Luzhniki (0:0)

France were already through to the Second Round and rested a few key players; including Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba.

Half-time: Denmark 0 - France 0

Sad to see a final group game showing such a lack of desire. Football fans at the World Cup Finals deserve more.

The only game to end in a scoreless draw so far.

Second Round - Round of 16

Saturday, 30th June

Travel to France France vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Kazan (4:3)

Willy Caballero has lost confidence as the Argentina number 1, so in comes Franco Armani; the number 12. Sounds like Italian tailoring, but let's see.

Russia 2018 France were awarded a penalty in the eleventh minute, after Marcos Rojo stopped Kylian Mbappe's awesome run towards Armani in the Argentina goal. Antoine Griezmann sent Armani the wrong way and cooly side-footed the ball down the middle.

Mbappe's pace was too much for Argentina again, less than ten minutes later. This time Paul Pogba skied the free-kich from the edge of the area.

Russia 2018 Angel di Maria levelled for Argentina just before half-time; firing a left-footer from the edge of the area, past Hugo Lloris.

Half-time: France 1 - Argentina 1

Marcos Rojo, on a yellow card, is replaced by Federico Fazio at the start of the second-half.

Russia 2018 A few minutes in and Argentina were in front; Messi's shot deflected in by defender Gabriel Mercado.

Fazio made a lazy back-pass and almost let Griezmann through on goal. The little pull on the Frenchman not noticed.

Russia 2018 Benjamin Pavard's first goal for France couldn't have come at a better time; the Tottenham target cut at the ball, from a left-wing cross, without even thinking about a touch to control the flight.

Russia 2018 Not even born when France won the World Cup on home soil in 1998, Kylian Mbappe scored two goals within five minutes to give France a two-goal cushion.

Russia 2018 Sergio Aguero came off the bench to give Argentina one last hope in stoppage time.

Sunday, 1st July

Travel to Croatia Croatia vs Denmark Travel to Denmark in Nizhny Novgorod (1:1 aet 3:2 pens)

Kasper Schmeichel saved three penalties but it wasn't enough to keep Denmark in the tournament.


Friday, 6th July

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs France Travel to France in Nizhny Novgorod (0:2)

A positive start from two very good sides. Uruguay perhaps looked more of a threat, with two shots on target, in the first thirty-five minutes.

Russia 2018 France earned a free-kick on the right, in the fortieth minute and with it their first real chance to test Nestor Muslera. Antoine Griezmann's floated ball between the defenders was met by a glancing header from Raphael Varane.

Uruguay looked to reply before the break; but a one-handed save by Hugo Lloris, from Martin Caceres' header, kept them out.

Half-time: Uruguay 0 - France 1

Russia 2018 What a day to make a goalkeeping error; Nestor Muslera palming Antoine Griezmann's left-foot strike high into his own net.

Kylian Mbappe and Cristian Rodriguez were booked, with twenty minutes to go, as nerves started to be tested to the limit.

In the end, France did enough to earn a place in the semi-finals without really going therough the gears.


Tuesday, 10th July

Travel to France France vs Belgium Travel to Belgium  in St Petersburg (1:0)

No goals, but an interesting first-half with flashes of brilliance from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. Raphael Varane and Hugo Lloris were defensively equal.

Belgium probably had the better of the first half an hour, then France tried to move it around more offensively through the influence of Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. Kylian Mbappe presented the former Gunner with another chance to shoot; and he failed miserably.

Not be outdone by Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois stuck out a foot to make a crucial save for Belgium from Benjamin Pavard.

Romelu Lukaku wasn't really in the game, until just before the break; which showed how well France were holding their shape.

Half-time: France 0 - Belgium 0

Russia 2018 In the 51st minute, President Macron of France shook hands with the King of Belgium after Sauel Umtiti rose above Marouane Fellaini to head in Antoine Griezmann's corner.

Roberto Martinez brought on Dries Merts for Moussa Dembele in the 60th minute; Didier Deschamps still sitting pretty.

Paul Pogba dropped back to keep an eye on Marouane Fellaini; even Olivier Giroud was deep in the France half to clear a Belgium threat. France were under pressure with twenty minutes to go.

Eden Hazard was denied an edge of the box free-kick with ten minutes still to play. Then Marouane Fellaini was taken off and Hugo Lloris made a diving punch to keep out Axel Witsel.

Tension started to show on the red, yellow and black painted faces of the Belium fans.

Blaise Matuidi had a great game for France but took a challenge too far and, shell-shocked, had to be replaced with just a few minutes left to play.

France held out to make it to their third World Cup Final.

2018 World Cup Final in Russia

Sunday, 15th July:
2018 World Cup Final
Moscow Luzhniki: Travel to France France vs Croatia Travel to Croatia (4:2)

Russia 2018 World Cup Groups

Group A - Group B - Group C - Group D - Group E - Group F - Group G - Group H.

World Cup Finals

Uruguay 1930:
Uruguay trailed Argentina at half-time (1:2) but replied with three goals in the second half; to win the first ever World Cup Final (4-2) on July 30th, 1930.

Italy 1934:
Italy were one of the countries who missed out on the vote to host the first World Cup but managed to win the prestigious golden trophy for the home fans.

France 1938:
The third World Cup was held in Europe for a second time, although Germany had annexed Austria, and Spain was in civil turmoil.

Brazil 1950:
Although no cup-final as such, Uruguay and Brazil went into their final game with the winner guaranteed to be champions; a draw would be enough for Brazil.

Switzerland 1954:
The fifth World Cup tournament produced a record number of goals, including a 7:5 encounter between Austria and Switzerland in Lausanne.

Sweden 1958:
Brazil presented a 17 year-old Pele to the world; who went on to claim a hat-trick in Brazil's 5:2 semi-final win over France and bag another two in the final.

Chile 1962:
Czechoslovakia overcame Hungary in the quarter-finals and Yugoslavia in the semis, while Brazil took care of England and the host nation, Chile.

England 1966:
Geoff Hurst scored a hat-trick, in the final against West Germany, as England triumphed in a thrilling game watched by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Mexico 1970:
1970 belonged to Pelé, who earned his third World Cup winners' medal when Brazil got their hands on the Jules Rimet Cup.... for keeps.

W. Germany 1974:
Johan Cruyff was the player of the tournament as total football became the buzzword of the day, even though Holland lost to West Germany in the 1974 final.

Argentina 1978:
Holland contested the 1978 World Cup Final, in Argentina, for the second time in a row. As in West Germany, they again finished runners-up; to the hosts.

Spain 1982:
The Spain 82 World Cup finals increased to 24 teams and the format was changed to have two group stages, with four second-round groups of three.

Mexico 1986:
In 1986, Mexico became the first nation to stage the World Cup Finals for a second time; having only staged the competition sixteen years previously.

Italy 1990:
In 1990, Italy became the World Cup of stalemates. Both semi-finals were drawn out through penalty kicks. In the final itself, the only goal came from the spot.

USA 1994:
Once Team US had played a few games most of the nation began to understand they were hosting the greatest show on earth and how the game was played.

France 1998:
France became the sixth nation to win the World Cup on home soil. Thirty-two teams competed in the 16th World Cup; better known as France 98.

Korea-Japan 2002:
The 17th World Cup, held in Korea and Japan, was the first World Cup finals to be shared by two hosts and the first to be held in Asia.

Germany 2006:
The 2006 World Cup Finals ran from 9th June to 9th July; the opening match in Munich and the final in Berlin. Munich and Dortmund hosted the semi-finals.

South Africa 2010:
Eighty years after the First World Cup Finals in Uruguay, the world's most prestigious football competition was finally hosted on the African continent.

Brazil 2014:
Five times World Cup Champions, Brazil, get a second chance to hold the prestigious World Cup Finals; 64 years after they last hosted the tournament.

Russia 2018:
VAR made its World Cup debut and set out to change the course of a game with some crucial rule infringement watching and vital on the spot decisions.

Qatar 2022:
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

United 2026:
The 2026 FIFA World Cup Finals will be jointly hosted by Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United Bid won the hosting rights ahead of Morocco.

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