By Michael Place MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- Here are four things to look out
for in Tuesday’s matches at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Last hurrah for Guerrero and Cahill?
The clash between
Peru and Australia could be the last time that Paolo Guerrero
and Tim Cahill, both the highest scorers in the history of their
respective national teams, play at international level. Peru’s
Guerrero, who had a doping ban temporarily lifted to play in
this tournament, is certain to start in Sochi as the
Blanquirroja battle for pride, having lost their opening two
There is no
guarantee that Cahill will be used by Socceroo’s coach Bert van
Marwijk. The 38-year-old former Everton player has not played a
single minute at this tournament but a shoulder injury to
striker Andrew Nabbout could see him enter into Van Marwijk’s
plans against the South American side.
Griezmann ready to shine
has started the World Cup in the same way he began Euro 2016,
with one goal from France’s first two matches. The Atletico
Madrid forward went on to be the leading scorer at the
tournament in France with six goals, indicating there could be
plenty to come from the 27-year-old in Russia.
A draw for France
against Denmark on Tuesday would be enough for Les Bleus to top
Group C while that result would secure second place for Age
Hareide’s team, regardless of the outcome of other Group C match
between Australia and Peru. The Scandinavians will be without
forward Yussuf Poulsen due to suspension while midfielder
William Kvist remains unavailable with a rib injury.
Can Messi rescue Argentina?
only need a draw against Argentina to progress to the knockout
stage while the Albiceleste must win and need Croatia to avoid
defeat to Iceland if they are to advance. Speculation of unrest
in Argentina’s camp has been rife, with senior players
reportedly unhappy at the team selection and tactics of coach
Concern has also
surrounded the form of Argentina’s talisman Lionel Messi, who
has yet to score in the tournament and looked a broken figure at
times during the Albiceleste’s 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday.
The two-time world champions will need Messi to recapture at
least some semblance of form if they are to overcome Nigeria and
advance to the round of 16.
Who will Croatia rest?
for the next stage and virtually guaranteed of top spot in Group
D, Croatia will rest several key players for their clash with
Iceland, according to coach Zlatko Dalic. Among those likely to
start on the bench are Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic and
Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic. Both are on yellow cards and
another caution in Rostov-on-Don would rule them out of the
Iceland, who need to
win to have any chance of remaining in the tournament, are
sweating on the fitness of center-back Ragnar Sigurdsson and
winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson. Sigurdsson suffered a head
injury in his team’s 2-0 loss to Nigeria while Gudmundsson has
yet to recover from a calf problem.