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

Title contenders France have yet to hit top gear in Russian Federation, churning out a 2-1 victory over Australia before scraping past Peru 1-0. 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.

The 70th-minute introduction of Nabil Fekir brought some much-needed impetus to France's play, with the Lyon midfielder ruffling the side-netting with a speculative left-footed shot from a hard angle, moments after replacing Griezmann who was once again well below his best.

It was the longest a World Cup had gone without a goalless draw since 1954, which had none.

The teams probably will approach their Group C finale cautiously, minimizing the likelihood of a goal-fest.

"I would never say to my team that we're playing for a draw".

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France had already qualified and Denmark needed a point to be certain, although a 2-0 win for already eliminated Peru against Australia sent them through regardless of their result.

All previous 36 games of the tournament had seen goals but the series ended in a stale affair at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium in which neither side took major risks as the result suited them just fine. The 33-year-old made his only save in the 54th minute, spilling Christian Eriksen's free-kick before pouncing on the loose ball. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban. His team lost rhythm with a different trio of attacking midfielders to support Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. "I'm going to get better and I'm sure the level everyone expects, including myself, is going to come quickly", he told French TV channel TF1.

Eriksen drilled wide in the 59th minute as Age Hareide's side took control of the contest, although France substitute Nabil Fekir rippled the side-netting with an ambitious drive shortly after his introduction for lacklustre Griezmann.

Denmark gets an extra day off and plays the Group D victor, likely Croatia, on Sunday evening in Nizhny Novgorod. That could still be any of Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland or Argentina before their final games later Tuesday.

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