Argentina beat Nigeria with late goal to qualify alongside Croatia; France and Denmark play out goalless draw to advance [Photos]

Argentina beat Nigeria to qualify for the knockout rounds of the World Cup in dramatic fashion, while Croatia cruised to their third successive win and France played out a goalless draw with Denmark to eliminate Peru and Australia.

FP Sports June 27, 2018 17:27:38 IST
France and Denmark played out a goalless draw with both teams qualifying for the knockout round at the expense of Australia and Peru. AFP
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France and Denmark played out a goalless draw with both teams qualifying for the knockout round at the expense of Australia and Peru. AFP
Denmark will face Croatia in the next round, with France taking on Argentina. AFP
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Denmark will face Croatia in the next round, with France taking on Argentina. AFP
Veteran Australia striker Tim Cahill missed out on a chance to become just the fifth player to score in four different World Cups after coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Peru. AFP
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Veteran Australia striker Tim Cahill missed out on a chance to become just the fifth player to score in four different World Cups after coming off the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Peru. AFP
The victory was Peru's first World Cup win in 36 years. AFP
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The victory was Peru's first World Cup win in 36 years. AFP
Ivan Perisic scored the winner in the 90th minute of a 2-1 victory for Croatia over Iceland. AFP
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Ivan Perisic scored the winner in the 90th minute of a 2-1 victory for Croatia over Iceland. AFP
Iceland made World Cup history by becoming the smallest nation in terms of population to have ever qualified for the World Cup finals. The Icelandic team held Argentina to a draw in their first group stage match, but were unable to avoid defeat against Nigeria and Croatia. AFP
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Iceland made World Cup history by becoming the smallest nation in terms of population to have ever qualified for the World Cup finals. The Icelandic team held Argentina to a draw in their first group stage match, but were unable to avoid defeat against Nigeria and Croatia. AFP
Croatia have stormed into the knockout stages of the World Cup after winning all of their group stage games. AFP
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Croatia have stormed into the knockout stages of the World Cup after winning all of their group stage games. AFP
Lionel Messi opened the scoring as Argentina took on Nigeria in a must-win match for both teams. AFP
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Lionel Messi opened the scoring as Argentina took on Nigeria in a must-win match for both teams. AFP
Victor Moses scored a penalty to equalise, but Nigeria were unable to hang on in the face of a relentless Argentina team. A draw would have seen the Super Eagles go through, but Argentina scored via Marcos Rojo in the 86th minute to qualify. AFP
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Victor Moses scored a penalty to equalise, but Nigeria were unable to hang on in the face of a relentless Argentina team. A draw would have seen the Super Eagles go through, but Argentina scored via Marcos Rojo in the 86th minute to qualify. AFP
Argentina's qualification hopes were left hanging by a thread after being held to a draw against Iceland and losing their second match to Croatia. They needed to beat Nigeria and hope for Iceland to lose in order to go through. AFP
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Argentina's qualification hopes were left hanging by a thread after being held to a draw against Iceland and losing their second match to Croatia. They needed to beat Nigeria and hope for Iceland to lose in order to go through. AFP