Denmark and France only drew 0-0 in the last match Group C World Cup 2018. But the result was enough to bring Denmark qualify for the round of 16 large.
France have secured tickets to the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup. Facing Denmark at Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday (26/06/2018), France also made many changes in the arrangement of players.
Didier Deschamps rested Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Kylian Mbappe and Blaise Matuidi. Hugo Lloris was also reserved and replaced by Steve Mandanda.
Throughout the game, France appear so dominant. However, the combination of poor performance in the final third of the field plus solid Danish in defense makes Les Bleus have trouble creating chances.
With this draw, France qualified for the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup as Group C champions with seven points from three matches. Denmark followed in second place with five points.
Although not down with full strength, France still able to dominate the game. But Denmark also survived well to make France trouble sending the ball to Olivier Giroud.
A French attack finally got into Denmark’s penalty box through Lucas Hernandez. Hernandez fell in the penalty box and the ball fell to the foot of Giroud. Giroud then fired a shot but only fruitful corner kick for France.
From the corner kick, France also has not been able to break down the Danish goalkeeper. Raphael Varane’s header is still off the mark.
The best opportunity for Denmark was created in the 29th minute. Andreas Cornelius from the left side sent the bait into the penalty box ready to be greeted by Christian Eriksen. But Mandanda swiftly closed the room before Eriksen grabbed the ball.
French turns create opportunities. Ousmane Dembele got a space in front of Denmark’s penalty box and immediately fired a shot, but still sideways from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Replace Antoine Griezmann who tried to shoot from the face of the Danish penalty box. But this time the ball was caught easily by Schmeichel.
France through the Danish defense through Griezmann who then pass to Giroud. Although free standing, Giroud could not direct the kick to the goal. But the linesman also raised the flag offside sign.
Until the first half is over, no goals are created. 0-0 score lasted until halftime.
At the start of the second half, Denmark got a chance through a free kick in front of the penalty box France. Eriksen’s execution leads right to Mandanda, who is unable to catch the ball perfectly. But Mandanda quickly caught the ball back before Cornelius struck.
France tried to put in new energy by lowering Nabil Fekir to replace Griezmann. Fekir immediately spread the threat by firing a shot from outside the penalty box. But Fekir kick is only targeting the side of the goal.
France continues to dominate the game but the difficulty of creating a net opportunity. They finally generate opportunities through a cross Benjamin Mendy, but Giroud could not convert it into goals. His header sideways from the goal.
Fekir again spread terror for the Danish goalkeeper. He fired a shot from outside the penalty box that led to the bottom left corner of the goal. But Schmeichel reacted well to banish the ball.
French dominance did not produce goals until the game was over. Until the referee blew the long whistle, the score 0-0 persisted.
Composition of Players
Denmark: Kasper Schmeichel; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Zanka; Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney (Lerager 92 ‘), Christian Eriksen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius (Dolberg 75 ‘), Pione Sisto (Fischer 60’)
France: Steve Mandanda; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Presset Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez (Mendy 50 ‘); Steven N’Zonzi, N’Golo Kante; Ousmane Dembele (Mbappe 78 ‘), Antoine Griezmann (Fecil 68’), Thomas Lemar; Olivier Giroud