Opponent Watch: show-stopping Eriksen's scary long-shot statistic

Denmark have lost any hope of flying under the Caltex Socceroos' radar at the FIFA World Cup following Christian Eriksen's jaw-dropping efforts over the weekend.

Elsewhere, a forgotten France gun is making a resurgence at just the right time.

Get that and more from our Group A opponents in this week's Opponent Watch.


Already marked as Denmark's danger man, Tottenham star Eriksen showcased the absurd skills in his locker with a stunning strike on Monday morning (AEDT).

His wickedly dipping effort from distance completely bamboozled Willy Caballero and set Spurs on their way to a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

No surprises, then, that the 26-year-old is currently the Premier League's most prolific player from outside the box.

"Since we've been here Christian has scored unbelievable goals," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said after the match.

"He is very talented and you can see he is very important for us."

Watch out Mat Ryan.


Overlooked by Didier Deschamps for the recent international window, France discard Dimitri Payet is making a compelling case for a recall.

Payet scored a 95th-minute penalty to put the seal on a 3-1 win at Dijon that keeps Marseille third in Ligue 1.

The 31-year-old, who was one of the stars of Euro 2016, also provided the opener to maintain his status as Europe's most in-form assist king.

And though he's currently of the picture, the former West Ham playmaker hasn't given up hope of forcing his way back into the Les Bleus squad for Russia 2018.

"There's a list that's been released which I don't appear in but it's not the last list," Payet said last month.

"There are two months left for me to do what it takes to punch my ticket to Russia."


If qualifying Peru for their first World Cup in 36 years wasn't enough of a boost, Ricardo Gareca could be set to enter the tournament with an extra spring in his step.

The 60-year-old, who took over in February 2015, is just one win shy of equalling Marcos Calderon's record of 20 victories in charge of the South American nation.

He moved from 17 to 19 with the two wins over Croatia and Iceland in the recent international break.

Peru are scheduled to meet Scotland, Saudi Arabia and Sweden in pre-tournament friendlies, meaning Gareca could set a new standard prior to the opening group game against Denmark in June.

Ricardo Gareca