Russia 2018: Denmark, France advance, Peru knocks-out Australia

Mazino Dickson

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A dull goalles draw with France ensured that Denmark advanced to the second round, but Australia were knocked out after a 2-0 loss to Peru on Tuesday

Fans that thronged the Luzhniki Stadium were left frustrated as both the French and Danish teams played out a result that irritated neutrals.

Both teams clearly went for caution over adventure.

The boos ans jeers were very loud and clear as France dominated possession 61% to Denmark’s 29%, but the goals simply refused to come.

French substitute keeper Steven Madanda nearly spilled a shot from Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen in the 43rd minute into the path of Andreas Cornelius.

The striker wasn’t quite alert enough, allowing Mandada to gather second time around.

The other action worthy of note was Nabil Fekir who fired a curling shot from 25 yards that hit the side-netting on 70 minutes.

Fekir again fired a shot on 82 minutes, forcing keeper Kasper Schmeichel to dive to his right and bat the ball away.

The final whistle was greeted with massive jeers from angry Russian fans who felt hard done by the performance.

Aussie adventure ended

The result meant Australia would head home from Russia, but the Socceroos did not help their cause as they were swept away 2-0 by Peru.

Team captain Paolo Guerrero chased down and then crossed for Andre Carrillo to smash home on the volley on 15 minutes to break Aussie resolve despite dominating early exchanges.

Despite the pushing and harrying of the desperate men from down under, the match was well and truly put to bed on 50 minutes as a lovely interplay by the Peruvians found Cueva who cut inside to shoot but the ball ricocheted off an Australian defender.

Team captain Paulo Guerrero clipped a neat poacher’s finish with his left foot across keeper Ryan to end the contest.

For Australia, it was not just the end of the road, but also the final chapter on veteran striker Tim Cahill who came on as a substitute to no avail.

What the results mean

France finish on top of Group C with 7 points, followed by Denmark who bagged 5 points.

Peru moved to third with 3 points, and Australia finished rock-bottom with 1 point.

France will face the runners-up of Group D, while Denmark will slug it out with the winners of that group most likely to be Croatia.