Deschamps says France won't offer Denmark any favours

France striker Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud appears to have played himself into France's front line

After topping Group C thanks to a tiresome draw, France are on track to face Argentina in the first knockout round if Lionel Messi can inspire his side to victory against Nigeria, who occupy second spot in Group D. Not even the late sub Mbappe could break the deadlock while his midfield team-mate Ngolo Kante was named man of the match. "The players worked very hard in the first two matches".

With first place in Group C at stake, this should be an exciting game to watch. Peru and Australia have already been eliminated in that section. As far as betting is concerned, we are not getting a good enough price to wager on the French so the outright result is a market which I would avoid.

Mandanda looked uncertain when Eriksen played a 55th-minute free kick into his penalty area but, after losing the ball, he then gathered it with Denmark forwards closing in.

Deschamps' six changes contributed to a lack of cohesion that prevented France from ending the group stage with maximum points for the first time since they won the tournament in 1998, Antoine Griezmann struggling to link with partner Olivier Giroud.

You can't blame Didier Deschamps for mixing things up.

But with the Peruvians leading 2-0 before the hour in that game, the Moscow clash settled down to little more than a canter. Denmark are hopeful midfielder William Kvist will return at some stage after breaking two ribs and suffering a punctured lung against Peru, although it won't be in time to face France.

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 33, made his first appearance at a major tournament, having been an unused substitute at the last three European Championships and the 2010 World Cup. "Hopefully, at one point in this World Cup, we will find in our best form".

"We are not going to give them a helping hand". I am also a massive fan of Kylian Mbappe - he's the best young player in the world - and I think you can fit all three into the team.

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