World Cup day three - VAR controversy, Argentina held by Iceland and more

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After all the excitement of Friday night, we’re all wondering what this super Saturday has in store for us.

We’re bringing you all the action – starting with one of the favourites France, who with the aid of VAR, slogged their way to an unconvincing 2-1 win over Australia.

But the biggest headline of the day (so far) has been reserved for Lionel Messi. After rival Cristiano Ronaldo lit up the World Cup with a hat-trick against Spain on day two, Messi and Argentina were hoping to do the same against Iceland.

However, debutants Iceland, the smallest nation to ever qualify for the the World Cup, held their much more fancied rivals to a 1-1 all draw. To make matter worse for Messi he missed a second half penalty as Argentina blew their chance to open their campaign with a morale-boosting win.

Argentina’s draw was still being digested when Peru faced heartbreak of their own, missing a penalty and losing 1-0 to Denmark despite dominating much of the match.

Saturday’s bumper day of action is rounded out by Nigeria and Croatia squaring off from Group D. Can either country take advantage of Argentina’s draw? Find out here


<p>No inch given: Mario Mandzukic and Oghenekaro Etebo fight for possession in Kalingrad. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

No inch given: Mario Mandzukic and Oghenekaro Etebo fight for possession in Kalingrad. (AP)

<p>Now more teammates join Mandzukic and Lovren in celebrating their goal. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

Now more teammates join Mandzukic and Lovren in celebrating their goal. (AP)

<p>Piggyback: Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren celebrate their side’s opening goal in Kalingrad. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

Piggyback: Mario Mandzukic and Dejan Lovren celebrate their side’s opening goal in Kalingrad. (AP)

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<p>Contrasting emotions: Croatia celebrate the goal, while Oghenekaro Etebo is left distraught. (AP) </p>
Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, right, and Croatia’s Andrej Kramaric, left, celebrate their side’s opening goal during the group D match between Croatia and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Contrasting emotions: Croatia celebrate the goal, while Oghenekaro Etebo is left distraught. (AP)

<p>No chance: Mario Mandzukic, right, heads the ball to make Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo score an own goal to give Croatia the lead. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

No chance: Mario Mandzukic, right, heads the ball to make Nigeria’s Oghenekaro Etebo score an own goal to give Croatia the lead. (AP)

<p>Former Tottenham and Real Madrid star Luka Modric kicks the ball agaisnt Nigeria. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

Former Tottenham and Real Madrid star Luka Modric kicks the ball agaisnt Nigeria. (AP)

<p>Face off: Who will leave Kalingrad happy, Nigeria?… (EFE) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

Face off: Who will leave Kalingrad happy, Nigeria?… (EFE)

<p>…or Croatia? (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Croatia v Nigeria

…or Croatia? (AP)

<p>Jubilant: Danish fans celebrate their side’s tight win as they go level on points with France at the top of Group C. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three: Peru v Denmark

Jubilant: Danish fans celebrate their side’s tight win as they go level on points with France at the top of Group C. (AP)

<p>Distraught: Cristian Cueva is consoled by his teammates as he leaves the field after Peru’s defeat. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Distraught: Cristian Cueva is consoled by his teammates as he leaves the field after Peru’s defeat. (AP)

<p>Agony: Peru’s Paolo Guerrero is dejected after Peru lost their opening match 1-0. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Agony: Peru’s Paolo Guerrero is dejected after Peru lost their opening match 1-0. (AP)

<p>In the lead: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen celebrate his goal which put Denmark ahead. (AP) </p>
World Cup 2018: Denmark gets boost from Cueva’s missed penalty kick, tops Peru, 1-0

In the lead: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen celebrate his goal which put Denmark ahead. (AP)

<p>Making Peru pay: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen makes Peru pay for missing a penalty as he slots Denmark into the lead. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Making Peru pay: Yussuf Yurary Poulsen makes Peru pay for missing a penalty as he slots Denmark into the lead. (AP)

<p>Penalty! Christian Cueva is fouled by Yussuf Yurary Poulsen in the box to give Peru chance to take the lead. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three: Peru v Denmark

Penalty! Christian Cueva is fouled by Yussuf Yurary Poulsen in the box to give Peru chance to take the lead. (AP)

<p>High and wide: Christian Cueva blasts his penalty way over the bar to blow Peru’s golden chance to take the lead. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three: Peru v Denmark

High and wide: Christian Cueva blasts his penalty way over the bar to blow Peru’s golden chance to take the lead. (AP)

<p>Standing tall: Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese punches the ball clear under pressure. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Standing tall: Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese punches the ball clear under pressure. (AP)

<p>Who’s the boss? Referee Bakari Gassama lays down the law to Andreas Christensen and his Danish teammates. (AP) </p>
Denmark players talk with the , center, during the group C match between Peru and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Who’s the boss? Referee Bakari Gassama lays down the law to Andreas Christensen and his Danish teammates. (AP)

<p>Duelers: Peru’s Jefferson Farfan tries to keep the ball under pressure from Simon Kjaer. (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Duelers: Peru’s Jefferson Farfan tries to keep the ball under pressure from Simon Kjaer. (AP)

<p>Keep your eye on the ball! Peru’s Christian Ramos, left, heads for the ball with Denmark’s Nicolai Jorgensen.(AP) </p>
World Cup day three: Peru v Denmark

Keep your eye on the ball! Peru’s Christian Ramos, left, heads for the ball with Denmark’s Nicolai Jorgensen.(AP)

<p>Dreaming big: Peru fans can’t wait for their first World Cup match in 36 years. (EFE) </p>
World Cup day three – Peru v Denmark

Dreaming big: Peru fans can’t wait for their first World Cup match in 36 years. (EFE)

<p>Cheers, mate! Two of Iceland’s heroes give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Cheers, mate! Two of Iceland’s heroes give themselves a well-deserved pat on the back

<p>Argentina’s Lionel Messi covers his face at the end of the group D match </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina’s Lionel Messi covers his face at the end of the group D match

<p>The Iceland players know it’s a job well done after securing their first ever World Cup point </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

The Iceland players know it’s a job well done after securing their first ever World Cup point

<p>Argentina struggled to break down a well-drilled Iceland </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina struggled to break down a well-drilled Iceland

<p>There was no luck from a free-kick either for super star Messi as Iceland hold firm </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

There was no luck from a free-kick either for super star Messi as Iceland hold firm

<p>Denied! Lionel Messi’s penalty is saved by Hannes Halldorsson </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

Denied! Lionel Messi’s penalty is saved by Hannes Halldorsson

<p>Icelend – the smallest nation to play in the World Cup – didn’t look out of their depth against former winners Argentina </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

Icelend – the smallest nation to play in the World Cup – didn’t look out of their depth against former winners Argentina

<p>The tension grows for Iceland’s colourful fans in their first ever World Cup match </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

The tension grows for Iceland’s colourful fans in their first ever World Cup match

<p>Lionel Messi of Argentina goes on the attack as Argentina tried to re-establish their lead </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

Lionel Messi of Argentina goes on the attack as Argentina tried to re-establish their lead

<p>Argentina legend Diego Maradona watches on with a cigar </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

Argentina legend Diego Maradona watches on with a cigar

<p>Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi, left, takes a hit as Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason looks on </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi, left, takes a hit as Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason looks on

<p>The Argentina bench are certain they should have had a penalty before half-time – but the referee was unmoved </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

The Argentina bench are certain they should have had a penalty before half-time – but the referee was unmoved

<p>It wasn’t a first half for Argentina’s Lionel Messi to remember </p>
World Cup day three: Argentina v Iceland

It wasn’t a first half for Argentina’s Lionel Messi to remember

<p>Ice-cool Alfred Finnbogason wheels away after stabbing in to make it 1-1 </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Ice-cool Alfred Finnbogason wheels away after stabbing in to make it 1-1

<p>Iceland gets a close up view of their goalscoring hero </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Iceland gets a close up view of their goalscoring hero

<p>It’s in! Alfred Finnbogason draws Iceland level moments after Argentina go in front </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

It’s in! Alfred Finnbogason draws Iceland level moments after Argentina go in front

<p>Argentina’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal (AP)

<p>Sergio Aguero scores his first World Cup goal to put Argentina into the lead </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Sergio Aguero scores his first World Cup goal to put Argentina into the lead

<p>Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi gets an attacking going in Moscow </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi gets an attacking going in Moscow

<p>Argentina’s Marcos Rojo, left, reaches for the ball with Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason in the early stages </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina’s Marcos Rojo, left, reaches for the ball with Iceland’s Alfred Finnbogason in the early stages

<p>Iceland keep cool in the Russian heat </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Iceland keep cool in the Russian heat

<p>The teams arrive for Argentina vs Iceland at Spartak Stadium </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

The teams arrive for Argentina vs Iceland at Spartak Stadium

<p>A famous face drops by to catch some World Cup action! </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

A famous face drops by to catch some World Cup action!

<p>The big moment gets closer for the Iceland fans as they get ready to make some noise (getty) </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

The big moment gets closer for the Iceland fans as they get ready to make some noise (getty)

<p>It’s child’s play in Moscow as fans and mascots await the teams’ arrival (getty) </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

It’s child’s play in Moscow as fans and mascots await the teams’ arrival (getty)

<p>Iceland fans perform their famous ‘hu’-chant prior to the group D match against Argentina </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Iceland fans perform their famous ‘hu’-chant prior to the group D match against Argentina

<p>Lionel Messi warms up as he looks to measure up to Ronaldo’s Friday night performance </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Lionel Messi warms up as he looks to measure up to Ronaldo’s Friday night performance

<p>Argentina fans get in the mood as they get ready to face Iceland (getty) </p>
World Cup day three – Argentina v Iceland

Argentina fans get in the mood as they get ready to face Iceland (getty)

<p>The two coaches embrace at the conclusion of the Group C match </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

The two coaches embrace at the conclusion of the Group C match

<p>The Australia players take the applause at full-time </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

The Australia players take the applause at full-time

<p>Australia come together minutes after their first game ended in defeat </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Australia come together minutes after their first game ended in defeat

<p>Tim Cahill thanks the Socceroos supporters after the cruel defeat </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Tim Cahill thanks the Socceroos supporters after the cruel defeat

<p>France players leave the pitch after getting off to a winning start in the World Cup </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

France players leave the pitch after getting off to a winning start in the World Cup

<p>France’s Antoine Griezmann, left, speaks to teammate France’s Blaise Matuidi after the end of the group C match </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

France’s Antoine Griezmann, left, speaks to teammate France’s Blaise Matuidi after the end of the group C match

<p>VAR makes first critical World Cup intervention and took the headlines as France squeezed past Australia </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

VAR makes first critical World Cup intervention and took the headlines as France squeezed past Australia

<p>France head coach Didier Deschamps shakes hands woth France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

France head coach Didier Deschamps shakes hands woth France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (AP)

<p>Job done for France as Paul Pogba shows his relief at the end </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Job done for France as Paul Pogba shows his relief at the end

<p>Calling for back up, France need Olivier Giroud to get them over the line </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Calling for back up, France need Olivier Giroud to get them over the line

<p>Mile high club! Australia’s Mile Jedinak is Mr Popular as he slotted home his penalty kick (AP) </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Mile high club! Australia’s Mile Jedinak is Mr Popular as he slotted home his penalty kick (AP)

<p>Roo Beauty! Australia’s players come together to celebrate their equaliser (getty) </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Roo Beauty! Australia’s players come together to celebrate their equaliser (getty)

<p>Cool as you like, Australia’s Mile Jedinak slots home his penalty after a French handball </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Cool as you like, Australia’s Mile Jedinak slots home his penalty after a French handball

<p>France celebrate after going ahead – but the lead didn’t last long </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

France celebrate after going ahead – but the lead didn’t last long

<p>Antoine Griezmann is spot on after the game’s big controversial moment saw the French open the scoring </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Antoine Griezmann is spot on after the game’s big controversial moment saw the French open the scoring

<p>There was no way through in the first half for France star Antoine Griezmann (AP) </p>
World Cup day three: France v Australia

There was no way through in the first half for France star Antoine Griezmann (AP)

<p>Australia go close at the Kazan Arena but Hugo Lloris keeps them out early on (getty) </p>
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Australia go close at the Kazan Arena but Hugo Lloris keeps them out early on (getty)

<p>There is little room for error as the Socceroos hold firm against one of the World Cup favoruites </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

There is little room for error as the Socceroos hold firm against one of the World Cup favoruites

<p>The scene is set in Russia for France and Australia at the Kazan Arena </p>
World Cup day three: France v Australia

The scene is set in Russia for France and Australia at the Kazan Arena

<p>The French players look on minutes before kick-off (getty) </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

The French players look on minutes before kick-off (getty)

<p>Tim Cahill and Paul Pogba catch up ahead of the Group C clash </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

Tim Cahill and Paul Pogba catch up ahead of the Group C clash

<p>The French fans get into the mood at the Kazan Arena as they await Australia </p>
World Cup day three – France v Australia

The French fans get into the mood at the Kazan Arena as they await Australia

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