France, Denmark Goalless at Half

France striker Olivier Giroud

France striker Olivier Giroud

Coach Åge Hareide said the Danes would go in search of victory, resisting the risky temptation to look to settle for a draw in the match, which kicks off at 4pm Danish time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

"But if you can turn around and say that you've got a player coming in from Atletico Madrid, one from Paris Saint-Germain and one from Barcelona and it's considerably weakening the team, I think you need your head examining".

"I know one point will be enough but that's not a good way to start the match", he said. You can not set your players to play for a draw. Hareide, whose side need one point against already-qualified France to progress from Group C, was quoted by Danish newspaper daily Jyllands-Posten as saying that he did not believe in the French side and wondered whether midfielder Paul Pogba thought only about his haircuts. We will play a bit differently though than in our first two games, more cautious. The result of this game will be important for both sides and as a result, we should be able to see a top-level game of football. We will have communication from their match.

"We are not going to give them a helping hand". That has left Denmark in an awkward situation where they must get a result against France to eliminate Australia and get a spot in the round of 16. Only two teams will move on to the knockout stage starting June 30th. "We have worked so hard to be in this position and have four points after two games". We can play better than we have so far but in terms of effort, commitment and hard work, we can't ask more from the team. "We know the Argentines have very strong individuals, notably Lionel Messi", he added. So I am not interested in the other match until it's over.

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