Christensen Feels Pressure Heading into Crunch World Cup Tie for Denmark

Christensen Feels Pressure Heading into Crunch World Cup Tie for Denmark

Christensen Feels Pressure Heading into Crunch World Cup Tie for Denmark

(CNN) Nearly 40 matches have been played at Russian Federation 2018, but the World Cup served up its first goalless game Tuesday, a result that ensured France topped Group C after a drab 0-0 stalemate against Denmark. The Danes need a positive result and hope that Australia doesn't get a win against already-eliminated Peru in the other Group C game which will take place at the same time. Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is keen to avoid Croatia in the last 16, even if finishing top could mean a blockbuster clash with Lionel Messi's Argentina.

"If I can preserve them, it's now", Deschamps said.

A half-hearted penalty appeal apiece was as exciting as the opening 25 minutes got in Moscow. Lasse Schone drops out for Mathias Jorgensen and Martin Braithwaite comes in for Yussuf Poulsen.

The team lost rhythm inserting a different trio of attacking midfielders to support Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud.

And when it finally arrived in the 38th minute the strike from Griezmann was straight at Kasper Schmeichel and easily dealt with by the Leicester City goalkeeper.

Knowing that a point would see them through, the Danes were content to sit back and hope that talisman Christian Eriksen, who had scored 17 goals in his last 20 internationals, could produce something spectacular. The Barcelona forward at least showed some intent with a couple of long-range shots but the quality was badly lacking.

There was a brief moment of life in the 29th when a joint effort from Mandanda and Hernandez denied Eriksen from converting a low cross from the left by Andreas Cornelius. A poor defensive header from Djibril Sidibe also set up the Spurs star for a half-volley that he dragged wide.

Denmark, who are two points behind France in second, need a draw to confirm the place in the next round.

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

Denmark hit the Eagles 4-1 at the Stade de France in Paris in 1998, with the Nigerians failing to fully focus on the match but on a probable quarter -final match-up with Brazil, two years after the Nigeria U23 edged Brazil in the Olympics semi final in USA.

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