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World Cup • Group C
  • 2nd Half
  • Denmark
  • France
  • DelaneyLerager
  • DembéléMbappé
  • CorneliusDolberg
  • GriezmannFekir
  • SistoFischer
  • HernándezMendy
  • 1st Half
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Jørgensen

Denmark - France
World Cup - 26 June 2018

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  • End of 2nd Half

So ends the worst game of the World Cup. France are through in first, Denmark are through in second. That was appalling.

Whistles all around, but they're both into the last 16.

  • Lukas Lerager
    OffThomas DelaneyDenmarkLate sub...
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  • Lukas Lerager
    OnLukas LeragerDenmark

Late sub...


A slight moment of excitement as Mbappe dances into the Denmark area, but he can't find Giroud with his pass across the box.


Somehow there are three minutes added on...


The fall-out from this game could be interesting, but in truth there is little you can do about two teams playing the ball around without trying to score. They're both protecting what that have. Sadly for the supporters it has made for a terrible spectable. The worst at this year's World Cup, and perhaps worse than I've seen at any major tournament.


The boos are very audible now as Denmark play it sideways in defence. Any chance the fans can get their money back for this game?


Replays show Giroud throwing himself to the ground in the box, while backing into Kjaer. Never a pen. Nice try, I guess.


Fekir has some time and space 20 yards out, curls a low effort towards goal and Schmeichel gets over to tip it away. I suppose that counts as one of the best chances of this whole match.


Now everyone is whistling, I think. Schmeichel takes an age to clear it - no intent anywhere!


And that just about sums the game up, Giroud chests it down and fires a volley up into orbit before it lands in Row AB.

  • Kylian Mbappé
    OffOusmane DembéléFranceCan Mbappe spark this game into life??
  • Kylian Mbappé
    OnKylian MbappéFrance

Can Mbappe spark this game into life??


Ironic cheers from the Danish fans as they play it round the back. Whistles from the French, and probably neutrals too. Zzz.

  • Kasper Dolberg
    OffAndreas CorneliusDenmarkSecond sub of the afternoon for Denmark...
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  • Kasper Dolberg
    OnKasper DolbergDenmark

Second sub of the afternoon for Denmark...


WIDE! Mendy's cross finds Giroud, but his header is some 10 yards wide of the target.


It's just so, so flat. Eriksen sprays a pass nowhere near its intended target, and that just about sums up the afternoon so far.


SIDE NETTING! Quite the introduction from Fekir, who shows some intent with a fine strike from 20 yards out, and it curls into the side netting, but only just...

  • Nabil Fekir
    OffAntoine GriezmannFranceAnd off goes Griezmann. Here's Fekir!
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  • Nabil Fekir
    OnNabil FekirFrance

And off goes Griezmann. Here's Fekir!


A few whistles around the stadium. Not sure who's showing their disgruntlement with what, but you have to feel for the supporters in the stadium.


What to do. What to do. Maybe sort my taxes out. Send out a couple invoices. Sift through some e-mails I may have missed. It's that boring.


Denmark have themselves a corner, but Mandanda punches away Eriksen's cross.

  • Viktor Fischer
    OffPione SistoDenmarkFirst sub of the afternoon for Denmark...
    TodayFouls against2
  • Viktor Fischer
    OnViktor FischerDenmark

First sub of the afternoon for Denmark...


WIDE! But only just from Eriksen, who snatches at an effort on the edge of the area. Would back him to hit the target at least there.


Cornelius goes down after colliding into Kimpembe, but after some treatment he is back on the pitch! Hardly a highlight but all I've got to say!


CLOSE! Free-kick to Denmark some 35 yards out. Eriksen goes for it and his effort bobbles in front of Mandanda, who lets the ball slip from his grasp and he has to rush out to gather it again before Cornelius can pounce.


Can't help but look at the 'What ifs' from this tournament so far. Peru and Morocco have both looked so impressive, but were both out with a game to spare. Real shame.

Anyway, back to matters in Moscow - where not a lot is happening.

  • Benjamin Mendy
    OffLucas HernándezFranceEarly sub. Mendy comes on for Hernandez. Time to see the Man City man in action at the World Cup.
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  • Benjamin Mendy
    OnBenjamin MendyFrance

Early sub. Mendy comes on for Hernandez. Time to see the Man City man in action at the World Cup.


Cross comes in and Giroud goes down in the box, but it's the Frenchman who is penalised for a foul on Jorgensen. The Chelsea striker is not happy with that decision.


France start off on the front foot, as they did in the first half. No harm in playing with a bit more positivity, surely.

  • 2nd Half

And we are back. Some action, please.


Perhaps this sums it up...

  • End of 1st Half

Well. This is, er, poor. Both teams going through as it stands, both seemingly happy to draw it 0-0, which is making for quite the shoddy spectacle.

  • Mathias Jørgensen
    Yellow cardMathias JørgensenDenmarkGriezmann goes on the counter and Jorgensen takes one for the team, bringing down the French forward.
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Griezmann goes on the counter and Jorgensen takes one for the team, bringing down the French forward.


Dembele spanks an effort well wide and over as TWO minutes of added time is somehow signalled.


OVER! The best chance of the half... Griezmann takes down a long ball and lays it off for Giroud, who fires well over. BUT - the flag eventually goes up and it was offside anyway. Took their time. 'Keep the flag down if it's tight' and all that. (It wasn't tight. And he still put the flag up belatedly, so that's rather confusing...)


Playing for the 0-0? France are in no rush, clearly. Slightly surprising to see Denmark take the foot off the gas, but with Peru winning, the Danes can afford to lose and still go through.


SAVE! Griezmann has all the time in the world to turn on the edge of the box, but he doesn't catch his effort quite right and it's straight at Schmeichel.


As close as either side have come...


Running out of things to say... Very dire half of football!


WIDE! Chances have been few and far between for France, and Dembele's curled effort from distance - which is always going wide - is as close as they have come this half.


After three replays it's only just about possible to make out what happened. Appears Eriksen got to the ball first, but it went straight to Mandanda, while Hernandez also did brilliantly to get back and put Eriksen off.


CHANCE! Cornelius rolls the ball into the box and both Mandanda and Eriksen chase it down in a race to meet the ball first... It's not quite clear who does get there, with Eriksen going down in the box, but it's no penalty, and crucially for France, no goal.


Dembele takes the corner but it's Christensen who rises highest to clear it away.


Free-kick for France in a decent position. Lemar whips a dangerous cross in but it's turned out for a corner.


We're yet to have a 0-0 at this tournament. Here's hoping the trend isn't bucked this afternoon...


Denmark have their first corner. It causes some minor problems for France but Sisto is too negative when he has the chance to put it back into the box - opting to pass all the way back instead...


Back to matters in Moscow. We're yet to see a proper attempt on target.


WIDE! Varane heads Lemar's cross wide...

Was a slight delay as replays were shown of Hernandez going down under pressure from Dalsgaard, but it looks as though the France defender was looking to fall before there was contact - if there even was any.


Little dink from Giroud looks to be heading wide but Schmeichel tips away the attempt for a corner...


Who will feature at this ground in the final on July 15 remains anyone's guess...


A couple of flat minutes. France haven't really got going, but that's never easy when you've made six changes. I'll stop banging on about their rotation if they open the scoring, promise...


The jury will certainly be out if France go on to lose this one - Denmark are looking solid so far, and playing like a side who certainly want to top thos group.


The corner is towards captain Kjaer, but his header is well wide out for a goal-kick, despite his protests that it should be a corner.


Denmark are starting to looking lively, with Braithwaite in particular seeing plenty of the ball. He wins a corner after this cross deflects off Kante...


Braithwaite is down in the box! He's calling for a penalty after falling near Kimpembe, but replays show his air-kick is what knocked him off balance. Never a penalty.


France start the game on top, patiently playing it around as they look to carve out an early opening. Sidibe's first cross of the afternoon is easily cleared and the attack ends with a foul from Griezmann.

  • 1st Half

Kick-off! We're under way in Moscow, and two hours away from discovering who will top Group C.

Over in Sochi, Australia will be looking for an early goal to pile the pressure on...


A quick reminder of how Group C shapes up again.


Out come the teams then... Time for the national anthems!


A record-equalling afternoon for Deschamps...


Nothing special?

One reason for France to show off their best this afternoon is the remark made by Denmark coach Age Hareide, who last month dismissed Didier Deschamps' side as "nothing special", and how they lacked leaders.

"We talked about this between ourselves and we will want to show him that he was wrong," said midfielder Corentin Tolisso.

Hareide also criticised Paul Pogba's love for haircuts, a remark the French midfielder laughed off.

"I should have dyed my hair red. But seriously, we'll do the talking on the pitch," he said on Sunday, though Pogba will have to rely on others to do the talking, as he's on the bench!


Elsewhere, you can follow Australia v Peru below. Would get very interesting if France take the lead against Croatia. Can't imagine the Socceroos are too delighted with France's rotated team...


The Blues are torn...


No messing around from Newton.

What the psychic parrot says goes*...

*Unless he(?) gets it wrong

Video - Newton the psychic parrot predicts Denmark-France result


Previous meetings...

France have won the last three friendly encounters between the two, but Denmark did taste victory in the 2006 World Cup group stage. A 2-0 win came courtesy of goals from Dennis Rommedahl and Jon Dahl Tomasson. Simpler times.


How we're looking in Group C...

France are two points clear of Denmark, so the fact they've made six changes is somewhat surprising, though a draw would secure top spot and also see the Danes through in second.

Poor old Peru are out, but Australia could still qualify if they win and Denmark lose - with a little bit of goal difference help too...

Group C


Denmark XI: Schmeichel, Kjaer, Christensen, Jorgensen, Dalsgaard, Larsen, Delaney, Eriksen, Braithwaite, Cornelius, Sisto

Subs: Krohn-Dehli, Vestergaard, Knudsen, Jørgensen, Dolberg, Fischer, Lossl, Lerager, Schone, Ronnow



Rotation, rotation, rotation...

France XI: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Varane, Sidibe, Hernandez, Kante, Nzonzi, Griezmann, Lemar, Giroud, Dembele

Subs: Lloris, Pavard, Umtiti, Pogba, Mbappe, Tolisso, Matuidi, Rami, Fekir, Thauvin, Mendy, Areola


Afternoon all! Looking forward to this one... It's the battle for first in Group C, and we'll bring you live updates throughout right here. Lovely stuff.