France Finish Top Ahead Of Denmark After World Cup Stalemate


Even if the mood has totally changed in the French camp since Les Bleus qualified for the next round by beating Peru, coach Didier Deschamps was very clear: he wants to finish top of the group, no matter who they'll play against.

"You need to do what you need to do but for the team this has been wonderful".

A deeply talented France likely will shuffle its lineup, but its winning mentality still will be on display against Denmark.

Denmark hit the Eagles 4-1 at the Stade de France in Paris in 1998, with the Nigerians failing to fully focus on the match but on a probable quarter -final match-up with Brazil, two years after the Nigeria U23 edged Brazil in the Olympics semi final in USA.

Denmark created the first opening after three minutes when Andreas Cornelius headed on for Martin Braithwaite, who went down under pressure from a pair of defenders but saw his penalty appeal dismissed by referee Sandro Ricci. "Our goal is to guarantee first place and two results will allow that", he said. They met a solid Danish defense content with the draw.

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"At the end, when it 10 minutes left, of course, you're going to keep on your feet and just avoid in the air really risky things", Ericksen said.

"The changes hurt the team's momentum, yes, but at least everybody feels involved!" The match starts at 16:00 on 26 June 2018.

The 70th-minute introduction of Nabil Fekir brought some much-needed impetus to France's play, with the Lyon midfielder ruffling the side-netting with a speculative left-footed shot from a hard angle, moments after replacing Griezmann who was once again well below his best.

"We were up against one of the best teams in the world doing counter-attacks, so we would have been stupid to open a lot of space for the French team", he said through a translator.

Steve Mandanda replaced captain Hugo Lloris in goal and was delighted to keep a clean sheet on his World Cup debut and to keep Denmark's danger man Christian Eriksen quiet. "Keeping a player like Eriksen at bay feels good, mentally - we were solid and serious". "I think that, once again, we showed that we are a solid team - the aim was to not concede".