Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

France and Denmark progress after World Cup's first scoreless draw

France and Denmark progress after World Cup's first scoreless draw

One point will be enough to progress to the next stage but Hareide will also be keen to see Denmark improve their possession-based football in the final third of the pitch.

Giroud's hooked effort well over the bar summed up a match that had been low on both quality and chances, but Fekir - whose introduction had brought some much-needed spark - forced Schmeichel into a save with another attempt from distance. The Danes need a positive result and hope that Australia doesn't get a win against already-eliminated Peru in the other Group C game which will take place at the same time. When asked if Hareide's reported comments had added spice to the match, Deschamps told reporters: "Salt, pepper, vinegar... whatever you wish".

France coach Didier Deschamps said his team will be going all out to win their final World Cup group game against Denmark on Tuesday as they look to wrap up first place.

Raphael Varane looks likely to captain the side, with Steve Mandanda expected to start in goal ahead of regular skipper Hugo Lloris. "There are no risks, if they're here it's because they're ready to play".

France could have laid down a marker with a convincing win over Denmark in Moscow, and Griezmann could have made a move on the leading contenders for the Golden Boot.

Griezmann was eventually hooked for Fekir 22 minutes from time and will need to show more of his best in the knockout rounds.

Games continued to flow without a 0-0 scoreline, until today.

There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup, a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded. 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?

Denmark's Christian Eriksen has scored 17 goals in his last 20 appearances for the national side. "And you have (Antoine) Griezmann up front, those are two pre-eminent players".

All in all, I see France winning this game.

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