France and Denmark advance with first 0-0 of World Cup

France's forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal during a training session at the Glebovets stadium in Istra

France's forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal during a training session at the Glebovets stadium in Istra

The goals finally dried up at this thrilling World Cup on Tuesday when a flat France and boring Denmark played a mutually beneficial 0-0 draw at the Luzhniki Stadium which allowed the French to finish top of Group C and the Danes to qualify in second spot.

Christensen, who is one of the few Chelsea academy graduates to earn regular playing time for the first team, was impressive during his nation's first two games.

France and Denmark will face off this week, and the victor of this game will walk off the field owning the top spot in Group C. France now sits in first with 6 points with two wins, while Denmark is in second with 4 points due to one win and one draw. "The players worked very hard in the first two matches".

Deschamps rested captain Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba, with the Manchester United midfielder a booking away from suspension, while Kylian Mbappe was also left out among six changes. "It wasn't a very nice thing", said Deschamps.

"I know one point will be enough but that's not a good way to start the match", Norwegian Hareide said. "There are no risks, if they're here it's because they're ready to play".

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"The players read and listen more than me".

That does not mean France will not go deep in, and perhaps even win, the tournament.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter.

Denmark's Christian Eriksen has scored 17 goals in his last 20 appearances for the national side.

France, who has been unbeaten till now in the tournament, defeated Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0 earlier. I am also a massive fan of Kylian Mbappe - he's the best young player in the world - and I think you can fit all three into the team.

Antoine Griezmann ballooned a cross too high as France came forward, and with a quarter of an hour gone France wanted a penalty when Lucas Hernandez tumbled under Henrik Dalsgaard's challenge.

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