France look to continue winning run against Denmark

Hope Soto
June 27, 2018

France star Antoine Griezmann admitted that Les Bleus' World Cup Group C-ending 0-0 draw with Denmark was a tiresome affair but said he didn't mind because he often plays that way for Atletico Madrid.

With first place in Group C at stake, this should be an exciting game to watch.

Les Bleus were already through to the knockout stages and the point, combined with Australia's defeat to Peru, ensured that Denmark would join them as runners-up.

A game neither France nor Denmark needed to win produced the World Cup's first 0-0 draw amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday. Denmark, however, can also progress to the next round if Australia fails to register a victory against Peru in the other group C match, which will be also held today.

Didier Deschamps sent on Kylian Mbappe and Nabil Fekir late in the second half, and business did pick up somewhat: if you wanted to be unkind, you might note that by this stage Australia were two goals down, and so it was reasonable for France to push a little bit harder. 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.

"We didn't need to take risks in the match as this result was OK for everyone".

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The all-European encounter was tame enough in the early stages but once Peru had moved into a 2-0 lead late in the first half the game staggered nearly to a halt as, after 36 matches, Russia's all-action World Cup registered its first goalless draw. The 33-year-old made his first and only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen's free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball.

It was the longest a World Cup had gone without a goalless draw since 1954, a tournament of 26 games which all delivered at least one goal.

Thauvin's girlfriend Charlotte Pirroni was among the ladies in the crowd - along with the partners of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Raphael Varane. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban.

Deschamps was satisfied with the draw as it meant top spot in Group C, but the French tactician admitted to TF1 that his team's momentum suffered as he made six changes to get more squad members a chance to play.

"I want to have all my choices in the round of 16", Deschamps said. That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later Tuesday.

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