Maradona shows middle fingers on camera as Argentina score winner

World Cup pundits

World Cup pundits

"At least we were able to give them a triumph, that's the most important thing".

Here are five things we learned as Group C concluded this afternoon. Whether or not he's picked that side remains to be seen.

Croatia are the team that France want to avoid at all costs in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Russian Federation, although that means playing instead against Lionel Messi's Argentina.

Should France and Australia win, the Socceroos will be tied on four points with Denmark. Neither are anything near guarantees, and there might be a game-within-a-game distraction as the "will-he, won't he" furore surrounding whether 38-year-old Tim Cahill will be allowed to save his nation once again escalates as the games near conclusion.

Peru could have stretched their advantage on the counter-attack in the latter stages, but a couple of misplaced passes saw the match finish 2-0, with both countries exiting the 2018 World Cup.

Australia need to beat already-eliminated Peru at the Fisht Stadium and hope Denmark lose to France at the same time in order to avoid a group-stage elimination. The team now sit in third in the group with one draw from two games, behind France with six points and Denmark with four.




Australia leaves consoled by decent performances even though it didn't get the points to show for it.

"I know that Peru is a good team, and has shown it already here at the World Cup, although they are not qualified for the next round", said Van Marwijk.

"We've done what we need", he said.

For Argentina to progress they will have to beat Nigeria, and if Iceland win against Croatia they will require better goal difference to go through as well as a win.

When Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan asked his family if anyone wanted to come and watch him play in the World Cup in Russian Federation, there was an enthusiastic response: from 27 of them.

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