FIFA World Cup 2018: Survival of the fittest in Group C
Group C has France,Denmark,Peru and Australia looking to prove themselves in the biggest extravaganza.
France (FIFA Rank-7)
Denmark (FIFA Rank-12)
Peru (FIFA Rank-11)
Australia (FIFA Rank-36)
Group C looks like a mixed bag of opportunities.
France has a lot to prove after just losing Euro 2016 in extra time. It was Eder for Portugal who scored the winning goal for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. France looks strong on the backs of Oliver Giroud, N’Golo Kante, and Kylian Mbappe. Dmitri Payet’s absence may not affect France. USD 100 million Manchester United striker Paul Pogba will play a key role in giving the side much-needed balance.
Antoine Griezmann, the 2016 European Championship Player of the Tournament and Golden Boot winner always brings his A game to the foray on big occasions. He recently scored twice in the final of the Europa League when Atletico Madrid beat Marseilles. France eased through their qualifying group ahead of Sweden, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, and Belarus, losing just once.
Peru will be playing their first world cup since 1982. In 1970 Peru reached the quarterfinals but lost to Brazil. Paolo Guerrero, captain and the backbone of the side. The player was recently cleared over a drug ban. Andre Carillo from Walford can have the ability to shine on his day. Jefferson Farfan the man who scored the much-needed goal that helped Peru qualify against New Zealand.
Denmark qualified for the World Cup after defeating the Republic of Ireland, The team has never reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup. This will be there fifth world cup campaign for 1992 European Champions. Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen will be key, as the master has already scored 21 goals for his country. Nicklas Bendtner is the highest scorer with 30 goals for Denmark and will, unfortunately, miss this edition of the world cup.
Australia will play its fifth world cup and The Socceroos struggled at the 2014 World Cup, crashing out in the group stage after losing to Holland, Chile, and Spain. Tim Cahill will play his fourth world cup for Australia. Mile Jedinak from Aston Villa and Aaron Mooy will be key for Australia.
It will be tough for Australia and Denmark to make a mark this edition with France and Peru in the picture.