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World Cup: Denmark & France through to the next round after a 0-0 draw

World Cup: Denmark & France through to the next round after a 0-0 draw
Copyright REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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By Alexander Macrae
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World Cup: Denmark and France draw 0-0 in the group C match.


France have topped Group C and Denmark have qualified in second place as they played out a dull 0-0 draw at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Both teams came into the game knowing that a draw would be good enough to see them through and it showed. There was a real lack of intent from both sides as Denmark sat in and defended against France who seemed happy to let them.

There were no real chances for either side, although Nabil Fekir showed the most intent as he had two attempts from around 20 yards; the first hit the side netting and the second forced a save from Kasper Schmeichel low to the keeper's right-hand side.

There were a few half penalty shouts for both sides but nothing was strong enough to force the referee to give a penalty. The crowd in the stadium showed their displeasure throughout the game and at full time, as they jeered and whistled at the lack of intensity.

**Five takeaways from the game **

First 0-0 of Russia 2018 

Up until this game all of the matches in the World Cup had seen at least one goal. Denmark and France have stopped that run, but in truth, it's not overly surprising, Denmark came into the game knowing that a draw would see them through and France were already through but knew a draw would see them top the group. It's not the first time in history that the final game in a World Cup group has lacked intensity, with some claims that deals have been made before kick-off, but even so, there aren't many who will applaud the attitude of the two sides.


France is looking less convincing 

France came into this tournament with many believing they would go on and win it, but their performances so far have hardly backed the idea that they will become World Champions. The French may have won two games and drawn one, but you sense that there was a real opportunity to put a marker down, put in a great performance and show everyone that they are here to win. Put simply, they haven't done that at all, in fact, it seems they have sent out the opposite message;  that there's no need to be scared of this French side if we play like this.

Paying fans aren't afraid to show when they're unhappy 

Fans in the stadium probably approached today's game with a sense of optimism, the two top sides in Group C battling it out to top the group! But as we know the performance of both sides was nothing to get excited about. The fans in the stadium showed the players their displeasure, the loudest noise they made all day was to jeer and whistle and at full time they really let rip. You get the sense that even the most diehard supporters wouldn't be happy with their team playing out a dreadful 0-0, even if it meant qualification or topping the group.


If the football is boring, look at Twitter! 

When a game is being watched all around the world and it doesn't live up to expectations, there will always be those who alleviate their boredom through Twitter. Some of these posts look at the lighter side of a dull game of football!


**Not long until the next one **

The great thing about the World Cup is that the games keep on coming, the best way to get over a terrible game is to watch a great game of football straight afterwards. There's not long to wait until the next game, as there are two games at once! Argentina take on Nigeria and Iceland face off with Croatia, both games kick off at 20:00 CEST and hopefully they will provide plenty of excitement!

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