World Cup 2018: Best and Worst of Match Day 3 – Group D

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The great Argentinan escape.

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What Happened

An 86th minute winner from Marcos Rojo sealed Argentina’s place in the round-of-16 after their 2-1 victory over Nigeria. Meanwhile Ivan Perisic clinched a 90th minute winner for Croatia ensuring the Europeans topped the group with a 2-1 defeat of Iceland.

Stand Out Performers

  1. Lionel Messi. The magician proved his greatness by standing up when his country needed him most. A well taken goal and a clinical cut back guided his side past the group stage.
  2. Croatia. Arguably the stand-out performers of the tournament thus far. They were solid against a well disciplined Icelandic outfit who thew everything at them.
  3. Iceland. With a population of less than 340,000 the small European nation performed gallantly against huge footballing heavyweights. They were in every game and can take a lot of pride from their performance. Special mention to the Thunder-clapping fans.

Talking Points

How far can Croatia go? After resting the likes of Rakitic and Mandzukic against Iceland, Croatia will be energised and ready to battle against Denmark. A good result will make it four wins in a row in a side full of quality and now confidence. Should this continue not many sides will want to face them in the knock-out stages.

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What it Means

Argentina live to fight another day alongside a very dangerous looking Croatia side but it’s time to book the flight home for Nigeria and Iceland.

Needs Work

Craig Moore’s commentary. His passion is unquestioned but I’ve heard more flow from Colin Firth in the King’s Speech. Tell Lucy Zelic to give her brother Ned a call or even the man himself Mark Bosnich. Get Maradona in as a guest commentator, make sure Colombia is playing and you’re laughing!

Whats Next

Argentina will play France in a blockbuster round-of-16 clash while a red-hot Croatia face a fresh Denmark who coasted to a 0-0 draw with France overnight.

Goal of the Day

Messi’s finish. The Barcelona legend was composed in a time of intense pressure, putting Argentina ahead in the 14th minute with a crucial strike. GOAT. Trigger Ronaldo lovers.

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Miss of the Day

Diego Maradona. One of the greats on the pitch but anything but off of it. The 1986 World Cup winner disgraced himself and not for the first time with wayward gestures and general inappropriate behaviour. Circa Brendan Fevola brownlow 2009.

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Connor Gibbons
Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.