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

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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 (1:1aet 3:2pens)

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

Quarter-Finals

Friday, 6th July

Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs France Travel to France in Nizhny Novgorod (16.00)

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.

Semi-Finals

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.

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