Pitch: There are only 23 degrees
Argentina and Australia will play in good weather. Unlike previous matches, the temperature is barely 23 degrees in the stadium, although the humidity is very high.
Argentina-Australia: Papu Gomez replaces Di Maria
Official squads for Argentina and Australia:
Argentina: Emiliano Martinez Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; DePaul, Enzo Fernandez, McAllister; Gomez, Messi, Alvarez. All: Scalloni.
Australia: Rayan. Degenk, Rollies, Sutar, Pech; Backus, Moy; Irvin, Leakey; Duke, McGarry. All: Arnold.
Argentina, the first meeting with Australia in the World Cup
Before this day, Argentina and Australia had never met in a World Cup. The last direct confrontation was in September 2007, on the occasion of a friendly match that was decided by South American Martin Demichelis.
Argentina-Australia: Messi and his teammates are favorites to qualify
Favorite Argentina vs Australia In the round of 16 of the World Cup. The Australian team had only won once in their previous 7 matches (1 draw and 5 defeats), in July 1988 in the Australian Bicentenary Gold Cup, by a score of 4-1. The current Australian coach, Graham Arnold, was also on the field.
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