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A point ensured both sides went through, with France as Group C winners, but there were boos at the final whistle, with fans inside the Luzhniki Stadiu angry at the lack of entertainment.

Denmark 0-0 France  World Cup 
Defiant France boss Didier Deschamps blamed Denmark for playing out the first 0-0 of the World Cup.

A point ensured both sides went through, with France as Group C winners, but there were boos at the final whistle, with fans inside the Luzhniki Stadiu angry at the lack of entertainment.

But France boss Deschamps was unrepentant and blamed Denmark counterpart Age Hareide for defending too deep throughout and settling for a draw.

“The Danish manager may have defended too much, because he got what he wanted, which was a draw,” said Deschamps. “We tried to get a win.

“It was the most important thing for us to be top of the group. It wasn't a very exciting game at the end because Denmark were happy with a draw so they would qualify.

“One point was good enough for them and we didn’t have to take risks to do better, because this result was okay for everyone.”



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Denmark boss Hareide hit back and said it would have made no sense for his side to play a more open game and risk losing the point they needed to make the last 16.

“Our goal was to come here and was to progress to the last 16,” said Hareide. “We had a tough group and if you look at the teams we played, it was one of the toughest.

“We just needed one point. We were up against one of the best teams in the world at counter-attacks, so we would have been stupid to make a lot of space for them.

“It was a 0-0 and we're very pleased with that. When you’re in a situation where you need one point to progress. If you are looking for one word to sum it up, it would be discipline.”
 

When the crowd indulges in a Mexican Wave, as they did after just 20 minutes, you know there is little entertainment on the pitch and so it proved, as both sides played out a dismal stalemate.

With a draw suiting both sides, there was a predictable lack of intensity throughout and little to hold the attention of the 78,100 crowd.

France forward Olivier Giroud had an early shot saved by Denmark keeper Kasper Schmeichel, while the Chelsea striker scooped a shot over the bar late in the second-half.

Denmark had a chance to score on the half-hour mark, but France keeper Steve Mandanda raced from his line to thwart Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.

In terms of action, that was about it from a game in which everyone who was involved will want to forget in a hurry.
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