Effectively, my nightly preview publish received misscheduled, however there wasn’t something too dramatic by way of the outcomes at present anyway, with all 4 favorites prevailing, which might be the primary time that has occurred on this World Cup.
Australia, Poland, France, and Argentina all gained, 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, and 2-0, respectively. How boring!
That’s to not say that nothing noteworthy occured. Australia’s win was their first in eight video games and three World Cups, since 2010, and it’s their second ever clear sheet in a World Cup recreation, and the primary since 1974. Time to rewrite these historical past books!
Poland’s 2-0 win featured a first-ever objective for Robert Lewandowski — lastly! — however that was fairly overshadowed by a ridiculous double-save from Wojciech Szczęsny in first-half stoppage time, on a quite contentious penalty awarded to Saudi Arabia. Ball don’t lie!
Olivier Giroud was saved off the scoresheet for France, however some younger nameless upstart named Kylian … uhh, Mbappé, I feel? … grabbed a brace, together with the winner within the remaining 5 minutes to consign Denmark to a 2-1 defeat. France develop into the primary group to qualify for the knockout rounds within the course of.
The Danes’ lone objective was scored by none aside from Andreas Christensen. Hey, we all know that man! Candy header from the ex-Chelsea man, belying all these missed possibilities he had on Chelsea corners over time.
Final however not least, Argentina averted the embarrassment of an early exit with a powerful efficiency in a 2-0 win over Mexico. Lionel Messi grabbed a second objective in simply as many video games to get Argentina on the board, and younger Enzo Fernández served discover of his skills and future exorbitant switch price in ensuring of the three factors.