World Cup: Denmark 0 France 0 - 5 things you need to know

France's forward Kylian Mbappe (left) vies with Denmark's midfielder Thomas Delaney during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 26, 2018.
France's forward Kylian Mbappe (left) vies with Denmark's midfielder Thomas Delaney during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group C football match between Denmark and France at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 26, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

Denmark and France played out the first goal-less draw of the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday (June 26) in front of 81,000 fans at the Luzhniki Stadium, the majority of whom made their displeasure known through loud boos. Neither team made much of an effort to score and ultimately they did not have to with Australia losing to Peru in the other Group C match.

Here's the lowdown for the game:

1. THE GOALS

Denmark 0 France 0

2. THE WOW MOMENT

Sports journalists often have to look for the silver lining in non-starters of a game like this one simply because "nothing happened" is not news and then there is no reason for a story. And to be fair, something did happen as a result of this match - France and Denmark moved on smoothly to the knockout stages. But there was nothing "wow" in the slightest about how they did so.

3. THE TALKING POINT

 
 

An inescapable consequence of tournament football is that every so often teams will play each other in a scenario where a draw is actually a win-win result for both teams involved. There is little even Fifa has been able to do about two teams choosing to set up shop and pass the ball around for 90 minutes but they have already made one bold intervention in the form of VAR at this World Cup. Could something else be done to ensure fans' hard-earned money is not wasted?

4. THE STAR

None.

5. WHAT THE RESULT MEANS

With Australia going down to Peru in the other Group C match, there was no need for either Denmark or France to rock the boat. France top the group with seven points and will face the runners-up of Group D which could be anyone at this point although Croatia look set to win that group. Denmark also go through to the round-of-16 with five points and they will likely face Croatia in their next match. The consolation for fans is that there will not be a repeat of today's travesty in that game.