The sluggish match ended with a 0-0  draw after Denmark successfully held men in Blues to qualify for the knockout stage securing at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday.

France entered the match with key players on the bench as they were already in the knockout stage with 2-1 win over Australia and 1-0 victory over Peru but Denmark needed a point to certain its position in the knockout stage, although a 2-0 win for Peru confirmed their berth regardless of the result.

The absence of key players in Deschamps’ side resulted in lack of cohesion that hindered the Les Bleus from ending their Group stage with the maximum points and emulate the 1998 Group stage run.

The Les Bleus had won all 3 of their group stage games back in 1998 when they went on to win the tournament. And interestingly their 3rd win in that edition came against Denmark.

Even after a draw, Les Bleus continues to dominate Group D with the top position at hand and will face Argentina in the first knockout round if Lionel Messi can inspire his side to win against Nigeria, who occupy the second position in the Group D.

The match had a low-tempo right from the start with the first shot on target coming in the 38th minute, and when it came from Griezmann, it was easily dealt by the Leicester City goalkeeper.

In the 59th minute, Hareide’s side seemed to have taken control of the match, but France’s substitute Nabil Fekir took the possession back and put France out of Denmark’s game.

Denmark might face Croatia next, but Hareide men looked happy with today’s effort of holding France to a 0-0 draw and securing a berth at the Round of 16 for the first time since 2002.


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