France wins Group C after serving up Russian Federation 2018's first goalless game

France wins Group C after serving up Russian Federation 2018's first goalless game

France wins Group C after serving up Russian Federation 2018's first goalless game

A second Peru goal against Australia in Sochi three minutes into the second half allowed the Danes to relax even more, and it quickly became clear that both teams were content to settle for the draw that would see their respective objectives achieved.

Meanwhile, France and Denmark secure spots in the knockout stage, with "Les Bleus" finishing top.

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.

Fekir aimed to break the deadlock again when he drifted in from the right and bent a shot towards the bottom corner which Schmeichel pushed away, and, despite his best efforts, this year's tournament witnessed its first goalless draw in 38 matches. But it advanced both teams to the round of 16 unbeaten, with the bonus of no players suspended and no serious injuries.

Much of a 78,011 crowd in Luzhniki Stadium whistled misplaced passes and slow play as the game progressed and Denmark protected its point - likely aware Australia had no chance of winning.

France and Denmark will face off this week, and the victor of this game will walk off the field owning the top spot in Group C. France now sits in first with 6 points with two wins, while Denmark is in second with 4 points due to one win and one draw.

Deschamps rested six starters to put out a team that barely tested Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel until substitute Nabil Fekir tried two long-range shots. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban.

"Today we couldn't get a better start but we know we can play better".

"It has not ended up a very exciting match because the Danish team were satisfied with a draw as it meant they would qualify".

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.

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