Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Christensen Feels Pressure Heading into Crunch World Cup Tie for Denmark


The goals finally dried up at this thrilling World Cup on Tuesday when a flat France and boring Denmark played a mutually beneficial 0-0 draw at the Luzhniki Stadium which allowed the French to finish top of Group C and the Danes to qualify in second spot.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will have to contend with France or Denmark in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16 if they eventually qualify from Group D on Tuesday. There's a slim chance that Denmark could be sent home if they lose this game, and Australia has a higher goal differential (they're now down by two goals).

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY ahead of kick-off at 3pm (BST). Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has looked solid as part of a front three in the previous two group games and will have to be at his very best to shut out France and reach for the knockout stage for the first time since 2002. But, speaking after Deschamps, Hareide said those remarks had been taken out of context and showered praise on both France and Pogba. Even if Denmark were to lose, Australia would need to win and make up a goal-differential edge of three in order to unseat Christian Eriksen & Co. for second place.

Mbappe was introduced late on for an ineffective Ousmane Dembele, but it was again Fekir who went closest to ending the impasse with a low, bouncing shot that forced Schmeichel into a sharp save.

Denmark coach Age Hareide made some unflattering remarks about France in the build-up to the tournament, calling them "nothing special".

You can't blame Didier Deschamps for mixing things up. Their third win in that edition also came against Denmark. "Hopefully, at one point in this World Cup, we will find in our best form". Both sides have struggled to score all tournament and I think that trend will continue. "They played well in the friendlies, but have not played well so far in the World Cup", he added. There will be changes though and I still expect France to be too strong for Denmark.

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