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France vs Denmark
2018 FIFA World Cup - Group C
France and Denmark have played out a dour nil all draw as both nations secure passage into the round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
It has been a tough group campaign for both Denmark and France, but the cream rises to the top eventually and both European nations are through to the knockout stages.
France made a host of changes to their starting 11 and rested several of their stars as they prepare for a possible contest against Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina.
Denmark meanwhile will prepare for a knockout match against Croatia or Nigeria and will need to improve if they hope to cause an upset in the round of 16.
Despite a first half chance for Giroud, neither France or Denmark were never threatened this afternoon as both teams simply played through the motions in a match that never reached any great heights.
Now, both teams will prepare for the knockout stages where anything is possible. Congratulations to France and Denmark.
In order to safely qualify for the knockout stages, Denmark must first navigate a tough match-up against 1998 World Cup champions and tournament fancies France in their final group game. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 12:00am – midnight (AEST).
Denmark have been pushed to the limit in their opening two matches against Peru and Australia but, like all good teams, they have found a way to secure the results required to put themselves in prime position to qualify for the knockout stages.
The Danes, however, will be aware that they were fortunate to secure a win and a draw thus far, given that they have been put under enormous pressure in both matches.
Denmark will need to show more quality upfront if they hope to earn another positive result against a France team that is slowly but surely building into this tournament.
While Tottenham superstar Christian Eriksen announced himself against Australia with a fine goal, Denmark’s other attacking star Pione Sisto needs to improve if Denmark hope to test the French defence.
Despite some good touches against Australia, Sisto is still struggling with confidence and can offer a lot more in possession then what he has shown thus far.
As for France, the Euro 2016 finalists will be keen to build on their performances against Peru and Australia. France are yet to hit peak form at this tournament but one senses that they could be ready to fire having already qualified for the round of 16.
Antoine Griezmann will be looking to add more goals to his solitary penalty against Australia while Ousmane Dembele will be keen to leave his mark in a bid to secure a starting birth in the knockout stages.
France have yet to truly impress in this tournament and may struggle to fire again against a desperate Denmark outfit eager to nab a draw or win for qualification. With eyes firmly on the next stage, expect both teams to play out a 2-2 draw.
Denmark 2 – France 2
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