Day 7 impact player

Diego Costa, Spain

Broke a scoreless draw with Iran by scoring in the 54th minute, his ninth goal in his past nine international starts.

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Group C: Denmark (1-0-0) vs. Australia (0-0-1)

7 a.m., FS1: Another tough matchup for underdog Australia, which didn't play 38-year-old Tim Cahill in its opener.

Group C: France (1-0-0) vs. Peru (0-0-1)

10 a.m., Ch. 9: If Denmark were to get past Australia, a victory by France would eliminate both Peru and Australia from advancing.

Group D: Argentina (0-1-0) vs. Croatia (1-0-0)

1 p.m., Ch. 9: A crucial match for Argentina and star Lionel Messi, who couldn't convert on a penalty kick in the 1-1 draw with Iceland.

Did you know?

This is the first World Cup since 1954 without a 0-0 draw in the first 20 matches. There have been nine 1-0 matches, including all three Wednesday.

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