France was already in the Round of 16 from Group C. Following their draw against Denmark, Christian Eriksen and co have also reached the knockouts after Peru’s 2-0 win over the Aussies. Let’s take a look at how things unfolded in the two matches from this group.
Denmark vs France – Key events:
Denmark XI (3-4-3): Kasper Schmeichel; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Zanka; Henrik Dalsgaard, Thomas Delaney (Lukas Lerager, 90’+2′), Christian Eriksen, Jens Stryger Larsen; Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius (Kasper Dolberg, 75′), Pione Sisto (Viktor Fischer, 59′).
France XI (4-2-3-1): Steve Mandanda; Djibril Sidibe, Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernandez (Benjamin Mendy, 52′); Steven N’Zonzi, N’Golo Kante; Ousmane Dembele (Kylian Mbappe, 78′), Antoine Griezmann (Nabil Fekir, 68′), Thomas Lemar; Olivier Giroud.
Yellow cards: Zanka (45’+3′)
The two teams started the day slow, passing the ball around and seldom showing the intent to score. The first good chance was created only around the half-hour mark, when Mandanda was called into cation. The France goalkeeper managed to make the save and kept the opponents at bay. Apart from that effort, and a Dembele shot minutes later, there was no significant opportunity for either team, and the first half ended goalless.
Beginning of the last 45 minutes was a bit different, with Denmark led by Eriksen attacking with more flair. They got two good chances within first 15 minutes of the half, yet a goal was hard to come by. Meanwhile, Peru’s domination over Australia meant that a draw was enough to take Denmark through, and they also started to keep the possession and avoid conceding. Eventually, it ended up being the first goalless draw of the tournament.
Denmark vs France highlights:
And now, it’s time to turn attention to the other game of Group C.
Australia vs Peru – Key events:
Australia XI (4-4-1-1): Mathew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Mark Milligan, Trent Sainsbury, Josh Risdon; Robbie Kruse (Daniel Arzani, 58′), Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Matthew Leckie; Tomas Rogic (Jackson Irvine, 72′); Tomi Juric (Tim Cahill, 53′).
Peru XI (4-2-3-1): Pedro Gallese; Miguel Trauco, Anderson Santamaria, Christian Ramos, Luis Advincula; Yoshimar Yotun (Javier Aquino, 46′), Renato Tapia (Paolo Hurtado, 63′); Edison Flores, Christian Cueva, Andre Carrillo (Wilder Cartagena, 79′); Paolo Guerrero.
Goals: Carrillo (18′), Guerrero (50′).
Yellow cards: Jedinak (10′), Yotun (45′), Arzani (60′), Rogic (66′), Hurtado (79′), Milligan (88′).
Australia needed nothing short of a win to progress to the next round, but it was the Latin Americans who drew the first blood. A few minutes into the game, Guerrero got a long ball and then set Carrillo up with a delightful cross. The next shot was fantastic and it left Ryan stranded to his spot, to give a welcome lead to Peru. For the rest of the first half, Aussies tried their best to make it level. Rogic, in particular, was fantastic, but the efforts were not just enough to find the nets. The halftime score was 1-0 in favour of the Peruvians.
After the break, the match started in a similar fashion as in the first, with Guerrero delivering once again. This time, the forward himself took a thundering strike that found its way into the goal and gave Peru their second advantage of the match. Following the goal, the Australians were expected to push up, but they firepower was not present in their play. Instead, they could only surrender to a superior side. Peru ended their World Cup campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win and this result ensured Denmark’s progress as well.