Denmark coach Age Hareide defended his conservative approach to Tuesday’s match against France in Group C of the 2018 World Cup, while hailing Peru as the best team in the foursome. Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition

France and Denmark – in that order – advanced to the round of 16 after their 0-0 draw here. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals

Hareide said that he was happy to come away with just a point from the clash with Les Bleus, who he described as one of the top teams in the world.

Denmark went with a compact shape and sat back to neutralize France’s strength in the counterattack, he said, adding that it would have been “very foolish” to give the French room to create on offense.

The 64-year-old Norwegian coach had kind words for Peru, calling Los Incas the strongest squad in Group C despite their third-place finish.

France won Group C with seven points and will face the Group D runner-up in the knockout stage, while Denmark finished with five points and will face the Group D winner.