Essentially, France and Denmark had the same idea when they met on Tuesday afternoon, but the response to each as a result has contrasted hugely. The curtain was to be brought down on Group C, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow; a draw was all both sides needed to achieve their goals, so it was no surprise that this game was the first goalless draw of the World Cup this summer.
Football is a game of fine margins; split seconds can make or break months, even years, of hard work. Denmark will know that their draw against Australia could be more costly than it seemed at the time when they face France in the final Group C game on Tuesday evening.
Everything started so well for Denmark but, in the end, they were left frustrated, angry and thinking nervously about France. Christian Eriksen was at the heart of everything good about their performance against Australia, but the trouble was, as against Peru, the Danes couldn’t keep up their early intensity up for the full 90 minutes and they slumped to a 1-1 draw.
If there is one thing that can be taken from Denmark’s victory over Peru on Saturday, it is that every game the South Americans play at their first World Cup in 36 years will be an exciting watch. They came into the tournament predicted to be everyone’s second favourite team; given the energy and attacking intent they showed, it is easy to see why. Continue reading
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In the first of the podcast’s World Cup episodes, Dave and Jamie guide you through groups A-C of this summer’s World Cup. Toke Theilade (www.russianfootballnews.com) joins the show to discuss Russia’s expectations at the tournament, and explains just what it means to the people of Russia.