France and Denmark top Group C after goalless draw

A slow-paced game - officially No. 37 in Russian Federation - was out of step with a vibrant tournament and ensured already-qualified France won Group C and Denmark advanced as runner-up. Against Peru and Australia, he was an outlet for the Danish side - something they missed today.

It is a very crucial match for Denmark as the result will decide the team's future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament.

The listless pattern continued in the second half, with both sides being jeered and whistled by the crowd.

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. But it felt like the classic damp squib, end-of-group-game. We are not going to give them a helping hand. "The objective was achieved", French coach Didier Deschamps said.

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Griezmann set up Giroud, but a late offside flag spared the blushes of the striker - scorer of Les Bleus' last three goals against Denmark - after he blazed over the crossbar. This side is filled with talent and the players are gelling together well.

Of course, a France team including the expensive talents of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar could be expected to find some holes in said fence; instead they got in each other's way, fell over too much and generally looked a bit confused by Deschamps' 4-2-3-1 system. He had a fantastic game as he kept Griezmann quiet for most parts of the game. If the idea was to sharpen up his partnership with Olivier Giroud, then nope, we're not there yet. We tried to get a win but the last 15 minutes was, shall we say, a "neutral" kind of match.

The light can come on at any time with the Atletico forward, but Tuesday at the Luzhniki was mostly darkness. Andreas Christensen played a whole range of positions as youth player at Chelsea (full-back, center-back, central midfield, holding midfield) and against France, Denmark coach Age Hareide used him as a sort of sweeper in front of the defence, deputized with picking up Griezmann when he dropped deep for the ball.

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