France, Denmark, and Croatia can clinch knockout round berths on Thursday in Russia, the last nation also holding the opportunity to help deprive the World Cup of an extended Lionel Messi run.
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Messi’s Argentina drew Iceland in its opener, the megastar infamously missing a penalty, and will look to beat a Croatian side that looked quite good in dispatching Nigeria.
That’s the final match of the day, which begins with Denmark facing Australia and continues with a tasty match-up between France and Peru.
Below is Thursday’s schedule in full.
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2018 World Cup schedule – Wednesday, June 20
Denmark vs. Australia: Samara, 8 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
France vs. Peru: Yekaterinburg, 11 a.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Argentina vs. Croatia: Nizhny Novgorod, 2 p.m. ET – LIVE COVERAGE
Iran is 45 minutes from completing a perfect group stage, and may have to be called the favorites of the tournament after upsetting Germany earlier in U-17 World Cup play.
The Iranians are playing Costa Rica, while Germany tangles with Mali in Friday’s group stage finales.
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Later, it’ll be Spain versus North Korea and Brazil versus Niger during 10:30 a.m. ET kickoffs.
Brazil (2-0) has advanced, but Spain and — to a lesser extent — Niger can still win Group D.
Three teams, one automatic berth, one playoff spot, and one spot in a series of moribund friendlies.
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The scenarios are here, but American fans are looking for one thing and one thing alone: a win in Trinidad and Tobago at Ato Boldon Stadium, whether sweet and satisfying or a grind over the line.
There’s desperation everywhere, but each match has an opponent capable of disappearing. Mexico, who’s in Honduras, has already clinched its place in Russia. Costa Rica says it will grind against Panama, but just wrapped up a spot on Friday. U.S. opponent T&T is dead last but home.
The U.S. lineup is the same as Friday’s blowout of Panama.