The first 0-0 of the World Cup means both Denmark and France will be playing in the round of 16.

2018 World Cup

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Match Events

14′ Giroud’s saved by Schmeichel!

27′ Eriksen misses a good chance!

CHANCE! Delaney does brilliantly to fight off a challenge and find Cornelius down the left wing. The striker fires in a wonderful low cross towards the penalty box and Eriksen races onto it, but Mandana does well to close down the space and smother the danger. Best chance of the game from both sides so far.

33′ Dembele’s shot wide out!

CHANCE! Dembele creates a bit of space for himself on the edge of the box but he can only curl his effort beyond the far post.

39′ Griezmann’s shot saved by Schmeichel!

43′ Giroud’s shot over the bar!

CHANCE! Griezmann runs in behind and he’s picked out by Lemar. The Atletico Madrid striker lays the ball off to Giroud, whose shot sails high over the crossbar. OFFSIDE! The flag belatedly goes up for offside against Griezmann

48′ Yellow Card! Jorgensen booked

49′ Hernandez replaced by Mendy!

68′ Griezmann replaced by Fekir!

78′ Dembele replaced by Mbappe!

MATCH REPORT

Denmark followed Group C winners France into the last 16 with the first goalless draw of the 2018 World Cup against Les Bleus at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday.

France had already qualified and Denmark needed a point to be certain, although a 2-0 win for already eliminated Peru against Australia sent them through regardless of their result.

Didier Deschamps, marking his 79th game in charge to level Raymond Domenech’s France record, rested key players such as Paul Pogba and Hugo Lloris and kept Kylian Mbappe on the bench for the majority of the game with an eye on their knockout campaign.

Deschamps’ six changes contributed to a lack of cohesion that prevented France from ending the group stage with maximum points for the first time since they won the tournament in 1998, Antoine Griezmann struggling to link with partner Olivier Giroud.

After topping Group C thanks to a dull draw, France are on track to face Argentina in the first knockout round if Lionel Messi can inspire his side to victory against Nigeria, who occupy second spot in Group D.

Denmark – likely to face Croatia next – rarely threatened and appeared happy with a 0-0 draw that sends them into the knockout stages for the first time since 2002, with Tottenham star Christian Eriksen providing their greatest threat in front of goal.

Line-ups

Denmark XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Simon Kjaer, Zanka, Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney, Jens Stryger Larsen, Christian Eriksen, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Andreas Christensen, Pione Sisto

Subs: Michael Krohn-Dehli, William Kvist, Lasse Schöne, Jonas Lössl, Nicolai Jørgensen, Jonas Knudsen, Jannik Vestergaard, Viktor Fischer, Frederik Ronnow, Lukas Lerager, Kasper Dolberg

France XI: Steve Mandanda, Steven N’Zonzi, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Thomas Lemar, N’Golo Kanté, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández, Ousmane Dembélé

Subs: Blaise Matuidi, Hugo Lloris, Adil Rami, Alphonse Areola, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Mendy, Paul Pogba, Florian Thauvin, Nabil Fekir, Corentin Tolisso, Benjamin Pavard, Kylian Mbappé

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