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France and Denmark have dominated Group C in Russian Federation, each with six points and similar two-goal credit, and with their clash in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium also on Tuesday to determine the group victor.

With first place in Group C at stake, this should be an exciting game to watch.

That game ended amid farcical scenes 36 years ago, when Germany and Austria cooked up the 1-0 result that sent both through at the expense of Algeria, prompting the change in World Cup rules that resulted in the last two games of each qualifying group being played simultaneously.

Denmark will be hoping to get a positive result to book their place in the round of sixteen against a France side who are targeting three consecutive wins in the group stages.

"We did what we needed", Denmark coach Age Hareide said, praising his team for a disciplined display.

Eriksen did try his best to liven up a stale encounter, testing Mandanda with a dipping free kick which bounced just in front of him and almost fell to Cornelius on the rebound.

The Danes were certainly in no mood to risk defeat by pushing for a win they did not need to qualify.




Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 33, made his first appearance at a major tournament, having been an unused substitute at the last three European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

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

It is a very crucial match for Denmark as the result will decide the team's future in the FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament.

Five teenagers have scored multiple World Cup goals: Pele (6), Edmund Conen (4), Manuel Rosas (2), Jose Altafini (2) and Michael Owen (2).

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?

Griezmann was eventually hooked for Fekir 22 minutes from time and will need to show more of his best in the knockout rounds. They met a solid Danish defence content with the draw. Even the top World Cup teams will have difficulty scoring against the Danes. That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

Denmark gets an extra day off and plays the Group D victor, likely Croatia, on Sunday evening in Nizhny Novgorod.

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