France, who had already sealed their spot in the Round of 16, were held to a goalless draw against Denmark as the two sides met in their final Group C fixture of the ongoing FIFA World Cup on Tuesday evening at the Luzhniki Stadium. The Danes, who needed to avoid defeat to progress to the next phase, were also supported by the fact that already-eliminated Peru defeated Australia 2-0 in the other match. Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition
Peru, despite their win, finished with only three points as Denmark ended on five and France bagged seven points from three matches. The game between France and Denmark lacked intensity and with the news of Peru taking the lead against Australia in the 18th minute, the Danish fans became more relaxed as this would mean they were going through as things stood. Also Read - Football: Manchester United Star Paul Pogba Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Left Out of France Squad For UEFA Nations League
Australia were consigned to the bottom of the group with just a point to show for. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals
Christian Eriksen came closest to handing Denmark the advantage near the half-time mark but a timely interception by left-back Lucas Hernandez stopped the Tottenham Hotspur player in his tracks. The best chance of the half fell to France’s Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud when a Thomas Lemar aerial through ball found Antoine Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid attacker teed up Giroud who skied his effort.
After the break, France’s second choice goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was in the spotlight for fumbling Eriksen’s twin attempts in quick succession.
The two teams have brought this group to a grinding halt and they would do well to avoid the paying public who came to the stadium to watch this nonsense. But, it has to be said that they didn’t really need to exert themselves. They can now prepare for what will be some very tough opponents coming from Group D in their Round of 16 matches. France will go to Kazan in the last 16, Denmar play in Nizhny Novgorod.