France and Denmark top Group C after goalless draw


France and Denmark have dominated Group C in Russian Federation, each with six points and similar two-goal credit, and with their clash in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium also on Tuesday to determine the group victor.

The teams probably will approach their Group C finale cautiously, minimizing the likelihood of a goal-fest. France have scored just three times in three games in Russian Federation, including a penalty and an own goal, and it was another disjointed display from one of the title favourites.

As it happened, Australia's defeat by Peru meant they could have lost this game and still advanced but they now march on and are 18 games unbeaten.

The 2018 World Cup went a record 27 matches without a goalless draw last week following Eden Hazard's penalty against Tunisia.

France, who have already qualified for the last-16, will finish top of World Cup Group C with a win or a draw. France already has clinched its Round of 16 place and only needs a draw to win Group C. Oddsmakers have installed Les Bleus as favorites against the Danish Dynamite.

Still, thousands of Denmark fans in a stadium seemed happy enough at the final whistle.

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"We cannot be only focused on Christian but as I said he's got the key role in his team so we need to look after him". Only two teams will move on to the knockout stage starting June 30th. "I'm going to get better and I'm sure the level everyone expects, including myself, is going to come quickly", he told French TV channel TF1.

The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity.

Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel.

"They are really very good, really, really good", Hareide said of the Croats, who have beaten Argentina and Nigeria in their two group matches so far.

Didier Deschamps bristled at the suggestion that making too many changes would weaken his side when asked about it yesterday, but resting the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba certainly made them less fun, as Tottenham keeper Lloris was also given the afternoon off.