FIFA World Cup 2018, Denmark vs France Highlights: At half time, both teams level at 0-0

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Updated:Jun 26, 2018 10:30:32 pm

FIFA World Cup 2018, France vs Denmark: The clash between France and Denmark is the battle for supremacy in Group C at Luzhniki Stadium.

FIFA World Cup 2018: France, Denmark to go against each other at Luzhniki Stadium.

FIFA World Cup 2018: The clash between France and Denmark is the battle for supremacy in Group C at Luzhniki Stadium. Les Blues have qualified for the knockout stage with two wins against the Socceroos and Los Incas, however, they would eye to avoid Croatia in the round of 16 after seeing how the Vatreni thrashed Argentina. France need a draw to seal the top spot which would mean they would meet against the second place finisher in Group D – Argentina, Iceland or Nigeria.

As for Denmark, they also need a draw to seal a spot in the last 16. However, the Danes if face a defeat โ€” paired with an Australian victory against Peru, it is game over for them. Denmark and France have met twice in the World Cup, both in the final stages of the group stage – France won 2-1 in 1998 and Denmark won 2-0 in 2002.

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Denmark and France are meeting at a sixth major tournament after Euro 1984, 1992, 2002, and World Cup 1998, 2002. France went on to win three of those five previous tournaments.

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20:48 (IST)26 Jun 2018

59 min: Denmark substitution: Viktor Fischer on for Pione Sisto, who’s had a very quiet game

20:46 (IST)26 Jun 2018

56 min: Mandanda was actually quite lucky there. Eriksen fired at goal from about 35 yards and the goalkeeper spilled the ball into the path of Andreas Cornelius. The striker wasn’t quite alert enough, which allowed Mandada to gather second time around.

20:38 (IST)26 Jun 2018

50 min: Another free-kick, this time for a Cornelius foul near the halfway line. Another 40 minutes of this will be just spellbinding.

20:31 (IST)26 Jun 2018
First Half stats
20:13 (IST)26 Jun 2018

41 min: Ousmane Dembele beats Henrik Dalsgaard for speed down the right flank and tries to stand the ball up for Olivier Giroud. It’s headed clear, with ne’er a Frenchman in the vicinity.

20:00 (IST)26 Jun 2018
19:58 (IST)26 Jun 2018

27 min: France win a penalty in the inside left channel and Lemar whips the ball across the face of goal. Simon Kjaer helps it out for a corner, managing to avoid lashing the ball into his own net in the process.

19:54 (IST)26 Jun 2018

21 min: Denmark win a corner, which Christian Eriksen takes. He raises his right arm and sends the ball into the six-yard box, where Raphael Varane heads clear. It breaks to Mathias Jorgensen (aka Zanka) on the edge of the penalty area, but France manage to clear.

19:51 (IST)26 Jun 2018
Peru vs Australia update

Meanwhile, in Sochi, Peru have taken a 1-0 lead against Australia in this group’s other encounter. It’s good news for Denmark.

19:49 (IST)26 Jun 2018

14 min: France enjoy a period of possession, moving about three yards up the pitch in a 50-pass period of possession lasting a couple of minutes. They eventually find an opening, sticking what commentator describes as a “penetrating ball” into the box. Lucas Hernandez goes to ground under a challenge from Henrik Dalsgaard, appealing for a penalty as the ball breaks to Giroud. His chip is put out for a corner by Schmeichel.

19:46 (IST)26 Jun 2018

14 min: Lemar takes the corner, a good delivery. Manages to find Varane but the ball hits the side of his head and the fall goes out.

19:43 (IST)26 Jun 2018

10 min: Under pressure from the busy Martin Braithwaite, Presnel Kimpembe shins the ball out for a corner while trying to shepherd it back to his goalkeeper. The linesman doesn’t spot this and a goal-kick is awarded, much to Braithwaite’s annoyance. France are struggling to keep up with Braithwaite at the moment – he’s had a very lively start and is making a nuisance of himself up front.

19:40 (IST)26 Jun 2018

8 min: France attempt to get the ball into the Danish penalty area with a Griezmann cross from the right. It’s overhit and Kasper Schmeichel claims comfortably.

19:37 (IST)26 Jun 2018

5 min: Replays suggest that Braithwaite didn’t have a case for a penalty and the VAR officials may well have said as much to the referee. The Dane goes on to drive into the penalty area and forces N’Golo Kante to concede the corner.

19:35 (IST)26 Jun 2018
All TV channels broacasting France vs Denmark and Australia vs Peru match
19:34 (IST)26 Jun 2018

2 min: Djibril Sidibe, in at right-back for France, gets in behind his opposite number and drills a low, but fairly feeble cross into the Danish penalty area. It’s a miskick, surely. Olivier Giroud can’t head the ball when it’s that low.

19:31 (IST)26 Jun 2018

1 min: France kick off, wearing white shirts, navy shorts and white socks. Denmark’s players wear red shirts, white shorts and red socks.

19:30 (IST)26 Jun 2018
Kick off!

Peep! France kick off the match.

19:27 (IST)26 Jun 2018
National Anthem time

The anthems are over: Kick-off is just a coin-toss and several handshakes away.

19:10 (IST)26 Jun 2018
Group C standings
19:09 (IST)26 Jun 2018
Seven changes for France

Seven changes from France: Didier Deschamps has made six changes from the side that beat Peru so unconvincingly at Ekatarinburg. Raphael Varane, Lucas Hernandez, N[’Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud keep their places, while Steve Mandanda, Raphael Sidibe, Presnely Kimpembe, Ousmane Dembele, Steven Nzonzi, and Thomas Lemar come in. As expected, Martin Braithwaite starts for Denmark instead of Yussuf Poulsen, while Andreas Cornelius replaces Lasse Schone.

18:36 (IST)26 Jun 2018
Playing XI

Mbappe, Hugo Lloris and Pogba rested.

18:32 (IST)26 Jun 2018

Eh! Whats up Doc? It is time 'Tuesday Thriller'. France and Denmark are almost their into the last 16. However, the talk of the town is Argentina and Messi's match against Nigeria. If the two-time world champions lose today, it is game over for them.

Here are the squadsDENMARKGoalkeepers:ย Frederik Ronnow (Brondby), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield/ENG), Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester/ENG)Defenders:ย Andreas Christensen (Chelsea/ENG), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford/ENG), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach/GER), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese/ITA), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich/ENG), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield/ENG), Simon Kjaer (Sevilla/ESP)Midfielders:ย Christian Eriksen (Tottenham/ENG), Lasse Schone (Ajax/NED), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux/FRA), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen/GER), Willian Kvist (FC Copenhagen)Forwards:ย Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta/ITA), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax/NED), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux/FRA), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord/NED), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo/ESP), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Yurary Poulsen (RB Leipzig/GER)FRANCEGoalkeepers:ย Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)Defenders:ย Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City/ENG), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/GER), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona/ESP), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid/ESP)Midfielders:ย Nโ€™Golo Kante (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Steven Nโ€™Zonzi (Sevilla/ESP), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich/GER)Forwards:ย Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona/ESP), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)