Tuesday 19 February 2019

Hareide defends Danes

Group C: France 0 Denmark 0

Satisfied: Age Hareide
Satisfied: Age Hareide

Denmark coach Age Hareide said his team did what was needed to earn a point in a lacklustre 0-0 draw with Group C winners France and advance to the World Cup Round of 16.

It was the first goalless draw after 36 matches at the World Cup, with neither France nor Denmark even remotely interested in attacking as the point suited both and left Australia, who lost to Peru in the other game, out of contention for a top-two finish.

"We just needed one point, right?," Hareide said. "We were up against one of the best counter-attacking teams in the world. We would have been stupid if we opened up. We played to get the result and we did it."

Fans from both sides started whistling and jeering as the game drew to a disappointing close.

"You need to do what you need to do but for the team this has been wonderful. Our goal was to come here and to progress to last 16," Hareide said.

France were already assured qualification but wanted to go through in top spot to avoid a likely last-16 clash with in-form Croatia while Denmark will play the runner-up of Group D, which also includes Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.

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