Tunisia vs Australia
The first match of the day was a Group D match between Tunisia and Australia. Australia took the lead in the 23′ minute. Australia put the ball in the box. It took a weird bounce on its way in. They were able to head it into the back of the net. Australia took a 1-0 lead into the second half. They were able to hold onto their lead to win the game. The final was 1-0 Australia. Tunisia had a few more shots than Australia. They just couldn’t find the back of the net. Possession was pretty even. In the end it was a hard battle and a close game.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia
Match two today saw Poland take on Saudi Arabia. Poland opened up the scoring in the 39′ minute. Poland started the pay by passing from above the box to the side of the box. From there it was put into the middle where the goalkeeper deflected it. Poland kept possession. They put it back in the middle and scored. Just before halftime Poland blocked a penalty kick and the rebound. Poland took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Poland added to their lead in the 82′ minute. A careless turnover by Saudi Arabia above their box led to Poland’s second goal. The final was 2-0 Poland. Poland’s goalkeeper made the difference in this one. He stopped all 16 of Saudi Arabia’s shots including a penalty kick. According to the stat sheet Saudi Arabia was in control of this game. They just couldn’t get past the Polish goalkeeper.
France vs Denmark
France played Denmark in today’s third match. Neither team scored in the first half. Both teams traded off chances. The Denmark keeper gave his team a chance going into the second half. France opened the scoring in the 61′ minute. France took the ball into the box. It was passed over to the side of the box. The ball was passed back towards the middle where it was one touched into the net. Denmark would respond in the 68′ minute. Off a corner kick, the ball went through some players towards the other side of the box where it was headed in. France would score the game winning goal in the 86″ minute. The ball was lobbed from the side of the box. France was able to deflect the ball into the net. The final score was 2-1 France. France had double the shots Denmark had. That goes back the the Danish keeper keeping them in the game. Possession was pretty even. In the end it was a close game and France just go the edge over Denmark.
Argentina vs Mexico
The last match for today was Argentina vs Mexico. This was the one I was looking forward to today. This match was set up as great goalkeeping vs great goal-scoring. The Argentina keeper had a huge stop in the 45′ minute. Neither team scored in the first half. It was 0-0 going into the second half. Argentina would score the games first goal in the 64′ minute of the match. While under pressure Messi was able to take a shot from outside of the box that found the back of the net. They would add to their lead in the 87′ minute. Argentina would pass the ball to the side of the box from a corner kick. From there the ball was passed towards the box where it was taken into the box. From there they would shoot and score. The final was 2-0 Argentina. Shots and possession were pretty close. It close back and forth match.
The Netherlands retained its lead in Group A. England retained its lead in Group B. Wales is now at the bottom of Group B. Poland now leads Group C. Mexico is now at the bottom of the group. I am not very confident that they will make it out of the group stage. I think like a 60% chance. France stays in the lad of Group D. Tunisia is now at the bottom. I think this is how Group D will finish. Spain leads Group E. Belgium leads Group F. Brazil leads Group G. Portugal leads Group H.
Japan vs Costa Rica. Will Japan continue to play at the elite level they did against Germany? Belgium vs Morocco. Belgium should win that game. Croatia vs Canada. Will Canada have the bounce-back game they need? Spain vs Germany. That is the match to watch tomorrow. If Germany plays up to what’s expected it should be a close hard-fought match. Will Spain continue to dominate and put up another six goals? Will Germany put up a fight a game one upset?