France Finish Top Ahead Of Denmark After World Cup Stalemate

France's forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal during a training session at the Glebovets stadium in Istra

Denmark and France will wrap up Group C play at the World Cup on Tuesday when the two European powers meet in Moscow.

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.

Denmark could have only been denied qualification had they lost to France and had Australia beaten Peru in the match being simultaneously played in Sochi.

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY ahead of kick-off at 3pm (BST). Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.

Denmark's Age Hareide lined his team up in a 4-3-3 formation only for closer inspection to reveal that Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was in central midfield and those three up front could soon become a lonely Andreas Cornelius if the wide players joined Christensen in a five-man fence. Les Bleus did their part in winning the first two group games and securing their spot in the round of 16, so why not spare those who were on a yellow card (Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso and Blaise Matuidi) while giving Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Samuel Umtiti and Kylian Mbappe a breather?

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The 2018 World Cup went a record 27 matches without a goalless draw last week following Eden Hazard's penalty against Tunisia.

All previous 36 games of the tournament had seen goals but the series ended in a stale affair at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium in which neither side took major risks as the result suited them just fine.

Deschamps rested six starters to put out a team that barely tested Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel until substitute Nabil Fekir tried two long-range shots.

Denmark took the lead during the game through a stunning first-half strike from Christian Eriksen. They met a solid Danish defense content with the draw.

Ten minutes later, France full-back Lucas Hernandez had a better claim when Brentford's Henrik Dalsgaard got a lot of boot when he slid in to block a shot after a nice one-two with Oliver Giroud. Even the top World Cup teams will have difficulty scoring against the Danes.

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