Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Denmark vs France at Luzhniki Stadium

With six points, France has earned its spot in the knockout stage and will be looking to cement a first-place finish-something it can seal with a win or a draw.

Steve Mandanda starts in goal for France, who are already guaranteed a place in the last 16, while Pogba and Blaise Matuidi are left out with the pair a yellow card away from suspension.

In its first match of group play, Denmark handed Peru a 1-0 loss to pick up three points.

Follow all the action with Sportsmail's TOM FARMERY ahead of kick-off at 3pm (BST).

France have only won all three of their group stage games at a World Cup finals once before, back in 1998 when they went on to win the tournament. There will be changes though and I still expect France to be too strong for Denmark. Nicolai Jorgensen is replaced with Andreas Cornelius.

It took more than half an hour before there was any real chance, and then Ousmane Dembele pushed his right foot shot wide of the goal - and of Kasper Schmeichel's overly elaborate dive. VIDEOS Thirty-six games in Russian Federation had failed to result in a goalless stalemate, but neither France nor Denmark ever looked like scoring in a tedious affair.

Les Bleus' seeming unwillingness to contest for all three points against Denmark, though, meant there was little to glean from the substitutes' performances.

The victor of Group C will take on the runner-up of Group D (Nigeria's section) in the Round of 16 in Kazan on Saturday 30th June, while the victor of Group D will play the runner-up of Group C in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday 1st July. France have already qualified for the next round and will look to end the first round on a happy note.

A draw would also be enough for France to win Group C after winning both of their opening games, but Didier Deschamps says he will not be handing out favours to their fellow competitors.

All four group D teams are still in contention: Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland and Argentina but only Croatia and Nigeria can win the group.

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