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Denmark and France through to World Cup last 16 after goalless draw

26 June, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Delia Walker
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"He has had a long, gruelling season". "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".

Both sides were struggling to create clear openings, but as France began to enjoy the majority of the possession Dembele blasted off target and then Griezmann shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel from the edge of the box.

The result - coupled with Peru's 2-0 win over Australia in their closing Group C game - meant France confirmed their place at the top of the group on seven points, with Denmark through in second on five points.

Steve Mandanda starts in goal for France, who are already guaranteed a place in the last 16, while Pogba and Blaise Matuidi are left out with the pair a yellow card away from suspension. "Between Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina, they are all good teams". "You never know what's going to happen in a match". We will have all the latest news, and video highlights from the match in Moscow.

For Denmark, meanwhile, Martin Braithwaite and Andreas Cornelius are both brought into the starting XI having been named on the bench for the 1-1 draw with Australia.

Les Blues head coach Didier Deschamps has opted to rest captain Hugo Lloris, midfielder Paul Pogba and wonderkid Kylian Mbappe - who netted his first World Cup goal in their 1-0 victory over Peru last week. "France may be considered among the favourites and have six points but they have not been finishing off opponents", Hareide told Danish newspaper bold.dk. They are the better side and should do enough to get all three points.

"I think he's just an fantastic player and obviously he would like to shine during this World Cup". However, Australia managed to equalise during the second half after they were awarded a penalty following a controversial VAR decision and the reliable Mile Jedinak got himself onto the scoresheet. 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.



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