France Finish Top Ahead Of Denmark After World Cup Stalemate

Sherman Parsons
June 26, 2018

The internet has unleashed its indignation on Denmark and France after the pair played out a dire 0-0 draw in Moscow, ending the record World Cup run which had seen every game feature at least one goal.

The victor of Group C will take on the runner-up of Group D (Nigeria's section) in the Round of 16 in Kazan on Saturday 30th June, while the victor of Group D will play the runner-up of Group C in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday 1st July. "When you have a bit less in your legs, it's harder to be at ease on the pitch, but he's still very important for us".

And he has taken that form in the World Cup with one goal and one assist in Denmark's first two games.

Mandanda looked uncertain when Eriksen played a 55th-minute free kick into his penalty area but, after losing the ball, he then gathered it with Denmark forwards closing in. France, on six points, are already through to the knockout phase but would drop to second place in the group if they were to lose to Denmark.

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Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi. Didier Deschamps is likely to rest some key players for the tie after narrow victories over Australia and Peru.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter. VIDEOS Thirty-six games in Russian Federation had failed to result in a goalless stalemate, but neither France nor Denmark ever looked like scoring in a tedious affair.

The good news? The next time we see these two teams in the knockout rounds, it's going to be sink or swim. Can Kylian Mbappe - who became the first teenager to score for France at a World Cup with his strike against Peru - join this rarefied list, by netting against the Danes? There will be changes though and I still expect France to be too strong for Denmark. "And you have (Antoine) Griezmann up front, those are two pre-eminent players".

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