France, Denmark play out first stalemate of FIFA World Cup 2018



Denmark and France meet at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday afternoon knowing that a draw would be enough to satisfy both sides.

France, who were already assured of a place in the round of 16, will next face the Group D runners-up, while Denmark face the group winners. But France and Denmark eventually settled for the first goalless draw of the tournament. The Danish players declined to attack the French back line despite being nearly assured qualification by that stage of the match, with Group C rivals Australia heading for defeat against Peru.

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY ahead of kick-off at 3pm (BST).

The Danes need just a single point to join France in qualifying for the last 16 stage and will undoutedly again look to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen for inspiration after his stunning goal in the last round of fixtures. They met a solid Danish defense content with the draw.

Eriksen did try his best to liven up a stale encounter, testing Mandanda with a dipping free kick which bounced just in front of him and almost fell to Cornelius on the rebound. "It is hard to say if we will play with a more open style against Argentina - how we play will depend on the opposition".

"We didn't need to take any risk given that they wanted this result", France coach Didier Deschamps said.

Scoring hasn't been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russian Federation. Plenty to play for in Group C in this final matchday! The result of this game will be important for both sides and as a result, we should be able to see a top-level game of football.

"I want to have all my choices in the round of 16", Deschamps said.

Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel.

A deeply talented France likely will shuffle its lineup, but its winning mentality still will be on display against Denmark. Even the top World Cup teams will have difficulty scoring against the Danes.

France's Olivier Giroud (centre) goes down after a header during the Group C match against Denmark. That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

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