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26/06/2018 16:00

Denmark frustrate France, both advance

Posted: 26 June 2018 Time: 17:17

Denmark and France played out the first goalless draw at the 2018 World Cup, although both nations still progressed to the knockout stages.

France rested a number of their regulars after clinching entry to the round of 16 last week. Still, it didn’t stop them from gunning for a victory over Denmark, who needed to match Australia's result against Peru.

Although a bit half-hearted, the opening chance came from Les Blues when Olivier Giroud attempted to beat Kasper Schmeichel with a small dig but the goalkeeper managed to tip it away for a corner.

With goal-scoring chances limited, the Danes felt a bit hard done by after Christian Eriksen was clipped as he entered to the box and Sandro Ricci refused to point to the spot.

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France, with their fate already sealed, were not in any hurry, adopting a slow approach as Ousmane Dembele went close with a shot from range midway through the half.

Dangerman Antoine Griezmann was picked out on the right and teamed up with Dembele, who set up the chance for a crack at goal but it went straight at Schmeichel on 40 minutes.

Eriksen nearly broke the deadlock for the Danes with a free-kick that Steven Mandanda initially spilled to gather at the second attempt 10 minutes into the second half.

As ever, France applied the same effervescence about them early on as substitute Nabil Fekir tried to curl one into the bottom corner after hitting the side-hitting earlier on.

In the end, both sides played out the first goalless draw of the tournament as they advance to the last 16 with Les Blues as group winners.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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