Denmark advances at World Cup in drab scoreless draw with France

Denmark's forward Martin Braithwaite, left, vies for the ball with France's midfielder N'Golo Kante during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and France in Moscow on Tuesday.

France, who have already qualified for the last-16, will finish top of World Cup Group C with a win or a draw.

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.

If Denmark lose then Australia could leap-frog them with victory over Peru and the Socceroos make one change as Tomi Juric replaces Andrew Nabbout up front.

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY ahead of kick-off at 3pm (BST).

Denmark took the lead during the game through a stunning first-half strike from Christian Eriksen.

"I would never say to my team that we're playing for a draw".

The victor of Group C will take on the runner-up of Group D (Nigeria's section) in the Round of 16 in Kazan on Saturday 30th June, while the victor of Group D will play the runner-up of Group C in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday 1st July.

"We didn't have to take risks to get better because this result was good for everyone", France coach Didier Deschamps said. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban. "I'm going to get better and I'm sure the level everyone expects, including myself, is going to come quickly", he told French TV channel TF1.

Only in the final 20 minutes, when Fekir and Kylian Mbappe came off the bench, did France show more pace and direct intent.

"It has not ended up a very exciting match because the Danish team were satisfied with a draw as it meant they would qualify". Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel clawed the shot wide and Ricci and VAR settled for the corner.

But if Argentina and Lionel Messi beats Nigeria in Group D later Tuesday and Iceland fails to overcome likely group winners Croatia, it would indeed bring up the France-Argentina tussle in the first knockout phase.

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