Denmark and France through to World Cup last 16 after goalless draw

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France, who were already assured of a place in the round of 16, will next face the Group D runners-up, while Denmark face the group winners.

Giroud's hooked effort well over the bar summed up a match that had been low on both quality and chances, but Fekir - whose introduction had brought some much-needed spark - forced Schmeichel into a save with another attempt from distance.

"It will be a tough match tomorrow". We haven't done our best in terms of play but we've worked very hard for the points. "It wasn't a very nice thing", said Deschamps.

"We cannot be only focused on Christian but as I said he's got the key role in his team so we need to look after him". I want my team to go out onto the pitch without any ambiguity and to do everything to win this match. "I'm not sure I'll tell the players though".

Denmark will be without Yussuf Poulsen, who is suspended, although the remainder of the squad should be in contention.

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Deschamps rested captain Hugo Lloris and Paul Pogba, with the Manchester United midfielder a booking away from suspension, while Kylian Mbappe was also left out among six changes. But, speaking after Deschamps, Hareide said those remarks had been taken out of context and showered praise on both France and Pogba. "There are no risks, if they're here it's because they're ready to play".

Denmark and France will wrap up Group C play at the World Cup on Tuesday when the two European powers meet in Moscow. Andreas Christensen played a whole range of positions as youth player at Chelsea (full-back, center-back, central midfield, holding midfield) and against France, Denmark coach Age Hareide used him as a sort of sweeper in front of the defence, deputized with picking up Griezmann when he dropped deep for the ball.

Olivier Giroud has scored each of France's last three goals against the Danes, most recently a double in a 2-1 victory in October 2015.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter.

There have already been 20 penalties given at this World Cup, a tournament record before the group stage has even concluded. The 0-0 that followed was the first scoreless draw of the World Cup - and we should probably be thankful that it comes after 36 games. Their third win in that edition also came against Denmark.

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