World Cup Group C match report Denmark v France 26 June 2018

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At this World Cup, he has played in a partnership with Simon Kjaer for the two games against Peru and Australia but this time found himself moved into central midfield.

Apart from that, there was lots of sideways passing from France and some nice, meaty challenges from Denmark.

With Yussuf Poulsen suspended and Pione Sisto having an indifferent World Cup so far, coach Age Hareide will be forced to reshuffle his attacking lineup as the Danes head into their last crucial Group C match against France.

"That hurts the cohesion a bit but it's good that the whole squad feels involved", Deschamps said.

Denmark would be eliminated should they lose and Australia beat Peru.

France need a point to clinch top spot in Group C, while Denmark would also advance as runners-up with a draw at the Luzhniki Stadium.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter.

"We will see who wins between Nigeria and Argentina, who we will be up against and then prepare accordingly", said the Chelsea midfielder.

France coach Didier Deschamps made six changes to the team that started against Peru, leaving out a trio with yellow cards led by Paul Pogba, and other absentees including forward Kylian Mbappe and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, which gave veteran keeper Steve Mandanda a first big-event start.

"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".

"We haven't done our best in terms of play but we've worked very hard for the points". The result of this game will be important for both sides and as a result, we should be able to see a top-level game of football.

The only other country to have played Nigeria in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, Italy (USA 1994) did not make it to the finals in Russian Federation. They met a solid Danish defence content with the draw.

It was the longest a World Cup had gone without a goalless draw since 1954, a tournament of 26 games which all delivered at least one goal.

There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup, a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded.