France, who has been unbeaten till now in the tournament, defeated Australia by 2-1 and Peru by 1-0 earlier.

If Australia end up beating bottom-of-the-standings Peru, they will need to win the game against the French. "We were actually expecting a nice game".

The situation was not helped by Group C's other match, where the men from down under were down after 18 minutes.

Another day, another set of World Cup matches to be played as we count down to the big day where one country will lift the trophy.

Steve Mandanda became France's oldest World Cup debutant and the goalkeeper nearly cost his side, spilling a long-range Eriksen free-kick before recovering to claim the loose ball ahead of lurking striker Andreas Cornelius.

Thauvin's girlfriend Charlotte Pirroni was among the ladies in the crowd - along with the partners of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Raphael Varane. A second yellow card before the semifinals triggers a one-game ban. 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. Russian fans broke into their national chant several times to break the boredom. The ball went off the field 10 yards (meters) behind teammate Benjamin Mendy's run.

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A loss by Costa Rica would cause them to be eliminated from the tournament. In the same game , a Dutch referee put his hand on Neymar's chest.

The second half was a slight improvement on the opening 45 minutes, with substitute Nabil Fekir finally showing some positivity.

Deschamps was satisfied with the draw as it meant top spot in Group C, but the French tactician admitted to TF1 that his team's momentum suffered as he made six changes to get more squad members a chance to play.

Denmark has a tough defence anchored by veteran captain Simon Kjaer, and a high-class goalkeeper in Kasper Schmeichel.

Steven Nzonzi, who also made his full World Cup debut against the Danes, preferred to focus on the collective aspect and not the individual.

France has won Group C and will open the round 16 on Saturday afternoon in Kazan, playing the Group D runner-up.

But if Argentina and Lionel Messi beats Nigeria in Group D later Tuesday and Iceland fails to overcome likely group winners Croatia, it would indeed bring up the France-Argentina tussle in the first knockout phase.