So as it stands France top the group and Denmark are second. Martin O’Neill describes the game as “rubbish” in the ITV studio. Are we in for the first 0-0 of the tournament?
It has been poor but I do think we should spare France too savage abuse – they only need a point to top the group and are up against a team with a very strong defence playing five centre-backs. The onus is on Denmark to attack, not them.
France are through to the round of 16 and a point against Denmark would see them top the group. A point against France would help Denmark qualify, as would Australia’s failure to beat Peru. The Danes would top the group with a victory.
Some neat play from Hernandez gives France an opening as the full back cuts back to Giroud whose weak shot on the turn gets deflected and earns a corner.
Kante looses a physical challenge with Jorgensen who runs down the left and plays a low ball into the box. Eriksen almost gets to it but a combination of Hernandez and Mandanda prevent the Dane from a getting a shot in.
Dembele gets the ball on the left side of the box and lets it fly. The shot evades Schmeichel and the post. Close!!Lemar plays a ball over the defence which Griezmann collects and plays it back to Giroud whose right-footed shot flies over the bar. He is saved by the offside flag. Replays show that Griezzman had strayed offside when the ball was played into the box.
Jorgensen commits a tactical foul to break up play and collects a yellow card. Griezmann gets the ball from a Denmark corner and canters forward. He is brought down cynically as he crosses the half-way line. That is the last piece of action in this half as the ref blows his whistle for halftime. France has dominated possession and Denmark have sat deep. The scoreline wouldn’t evoke any complaints from both sets of supporters especially with Peru leading in the other game.