France draw a stalemate against Luxembourg
After the ruthless display against Netherlands, many thought that the Les Bleus would make light work of a rather fragile Luxembourg. However, the visiting nation stood like a wall, and France fell short of hitting the back of the net after a rather laborious display. Deschamps was expected to make few changes, but surprisingly the only change was Mbappe’s inclusion forcing Coman a spot on the bench. Mbappe made few decent runs before being replaced by Coman in the 58th minute. Griezmann came the closest after his free kick was tipped on to the crossbar by Joubert. Follow our betting tips here.
The mightily impressive Paul Pogba could not orchestrate the play like he did against The Dutch, and Kante looked a little off space after pulling off another impressive performance 4 nights ago. Giroud and Griezmann spilled quite a few chances, and the new hotshot Thomas Lemar couldn’t grab headlines this time. Luxembourg was about to create a huge upset when Rodrigues’s shot cannoned off the post. It was Joubert who should be credited for keeping the mighty French attack at bay. France remain to top the group with the Swedes keeping a close eye with a point less than the table toppers.
Isco, the new Iniesta of Spain
Isco was never short of potential, but the Real Madrid midfielder has grown leaps and bounds in the last season and came to his own after Zidane started him in a top of the diamond role. His exploits against Italy made sure that Spain’s golden generation is yet to be over as he pulled off one of the best performances in Qualifiers ever. He bamboozled the likes of De Rossi and Veratti and danced his way out of trouble even with 2-3 defenders nearing on him. His free kick revealed another dimension of his play, and his left footed belter capped off an amazing 3-0 win.
Asensio was handed a start, and like his club mate, he dazzled down his ex-club left wing while ex-club mate Alvaro Morata scored a beautiful header after being set up by Sergio Ramos. Spain was at their eternal best with David Silva playing as a false 9. Koke and Busquets orchestrated the midfield with Iniesta and Isco running riot inside the Italian half.
Argentina looking for lost inspiration
Much was expected when Sampaoli announced his starting eleven against Uruguay. Mauro Icardi started alongside Paulo Dybala and the talismanic Lionel Messi. However, the magic of the front three could not break the deadlock, and the rest of the Argentines never looked good enough to do so. Sampaoli faces a tumultuous task and needs to get back the soul and vigour that his side is lacking. The match against Venezuela could make a huge difference bolstering the confidence of a much-depleted Messi-led Argentina. Chile are ahead in terms of direct qualification due to goal difference, and it would take one good match to turn the tides in their favour.