Denmark vs France: Pogba, Lloris rested as Deschamps rotates for Denmark game

26 June, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • France striker Olivier Giroud

Denmark have qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup after a 0-0 draw with France, who win Group C. The result put paid to the hopes of Australia, who lost to Peru.

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.

With six points, France has earned its spot in the knockout stage and will be looking to cement a first-place finish-something it can seal with a win or a draw. "The players worked very hard in the first two matches".

"First of all these were things taken out of context", Hareide said in Moscow on Monday.

The Danes held on at times in their second group game to force a 1-1 draw with Australia after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with a stunning half-volley. Didier Deschamps is likely to rest some key players for the tie after narrow victories over Australia and Peru. France were already through and Denmark needed a point.


Versatile players are a boon to nations like Denmark, where the pool of talent might be such that you're overstocked with quality at certain positions and thinner at others. As far as betting is concerned, we are not getting a good enough price to wager on the French so the outright result is a market which I would avoid.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter. Andreas Christensen played a whole range of positions as youth player at Chelsea (full-back, center-back, central midfield, holding midfield) and against France, Denmark coach Age Hareide used him as a sort of sweeper in front of the defence, deputized with picking up Griezmann when he dropped deep for the ball.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 33, made his first appearance at a major tournament, having been an unused substitute at the last three European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

"We will know how that's going on an ongoing basis".

All in all, I see France winning this game. Both sides have struggled to score all tournament and I think that trend will continue.

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