Antoine Griezmann on dull France show: 'I'm used to playing like that'

Kristopher Nichols
June 27, 2018

France and Denmark have defended their lacklustre efforts in playing out a 0-0 draw to complete group stage play as both advanced to the round of 16 at the Russian Federation 2018 Fifa World Cup.

France, already sure to advance with two opening victories, goes into the round of 16 as the Group C victor and Denmark as runner-up.

Manager Didier Deschamps' France side dominated possession but struggled to create any clear-cut chances against a determined Denmark, who played cautiously throughout.

Peru beat Australia 2-0 in Sochi at the same time, meaning the Danes would have advanced even if they lost to France before 78,011 at the World Cup's signature Luzhniki Stadium.

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

The good news? The next time we see these two teams in the knockout rounds, it's going to be sink or swim.

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

"This triumph is for our people and for Jefferson (Farfan)", Guerrero said of his teammate who missed the match after being hospitalized with a head injury sustained in practice last weekend.

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Scoring hasn't been easy for Australia at World Cups recently, with its last three goals in the tournament coming from penalty kicks, including two from captain Mile Jedinak in Russian Federation.

The result means that Denmark will need to get at least a point from their final fixture against France on Tuesday.

Coach: Age Hareide (NOR) Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA) Helloand welcome to the live coverage of Group C match between Denmark and France.

"I do not want to speak about things personally, rather collectively", said the Sevilla midfielder.

Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel. This will not be an easy task, considering that the French are arguably one of the most talented squads at this tournament and also one of the favourites to go on and win the event.

Steven Nzonzi, who also made his full World Cup debut against the Danes, preferred to focus on the collective aspect and not the individual.

"Today we couldn't get a better start but we know we can play better". That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

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