Denmark vs. France - Football Match Report

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

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News - Preview: Denmark v France

Denmark's forward Martin Braithwaite, left, vies for the ball with France's midfielder N'Golo Kante during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and France in Moscow on Tuesday. Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.

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.

Nevertheless, the draw was a result that suited both sides as Denmark, now unbeaten in 18 matches, reached the latter stages of the World Cup for the first time since 2002.

For the Socceroos to qualify, they must beat Peru and hope Denmark lose by two goals or more to France to overturn the goal difference between them.

Denmark coach Age Hareide says Denmark will be aiming for an all-out victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Martin Braithwaite and Andreas Cornelius come into the team as part of a three-man attack, while Mathias Jorgensen is selected ahead of Lasse Schone in midfield.

The result means that Denmark will need to get at least a point from their final fixture against France on Tuesday.

It was a mostly forgettable first major tournament start for France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who has been a backup at two World Cups and three European Championships.

Denmark hit the Eagles 4-1 at the Stade de France in Paris in 1998, with the Nigerians failing to fully focus on the match but on a probable quarter -final match-up with Brazil, two years after the Nigeria U23 edged Brazil in the Olympics semi final in USA.

Scoring hasn't been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russian Federation.

Denmark took the lead during the game through a stunning first-half strike from Christian Eriksen.

France's first-choice goalkeeper and captain, Hugo Lloris, was among those given the day off. Midfielders Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi were obvious choices to sit after collecting yellow cards in a 1-0 win over Peru.

"I do not want to speak about things personally, rather collectively", said the Sevilla midfielder. They met a solid Danish defence content with the draw. "At club level, we play that way often".

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