Messi, Mbappe, maybe for Australia and maybe not for Germany?

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Jimbo’s joined by Michael Cox and Dom Fifield to dissect a pivotal Day 7 of World Cup action.

Argentina stay in the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Doha. Is this the start of something special? Or are they too reliant on Messi magic? And elsewhere in Group C, it’s a big day for Robert Lewandowski and Wojciech Szczesny.

France are the first nation through to the last 16 with the irresistible Kylian Mbappe leading the holders to victory over Denmark. And it looks like Australia could be joining them. Samantha Lewis tells us about the fight and the fire of the Socceroos.

Plus we look at all the slow first halves and Raphael Honigstein previews what could be the curtain call for Germany as they prepare to face Spain on Sunday.

Produced by Charlie Jones.

RUNNING ORDER:

• PART 1: Argentina 2-0 Mexico (03.30)

• PART 2a: Poland 2-0 Saudi Arabia (11.00)

• PART 2b: France 2-1 Denmark (14.00)

• PART 2c: Tunisia 0-1 Australia with Samantha Lewis (23.00)

• PART 3a: Sunday preview (35.00)

• PART 3b: Germany v Spain preview, with Raphael Honigstein (36.00)

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