Looking to beat Denmark, win Group C, says France coach

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Moscow, June 25 (IANS) France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday said he is looking for a win against Denmark in his last match of Group C although a draw will be enough to qualify for the knockout round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

France currently leads the group after winning its two previous matches against Australia 2-1 and Peru 1-0 while Denmark holds the second spot with four points, reports Efe.

Deschamps said he would not ask his players for anything less than a win on Tuesday, given that Denmark is also hungry for a victory, despite the fact that a tie would also be enough to send them through to the last 16.

Although he gave no indications about the 11 players that will take the field against Denmark, Deschamps hinted that he would rotate his team to preserve some players and give others more minutes.

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The French coach also asserted that Les Bleus are not making calculations about the effect that winning the group stage would have on their opponent in the next round.

Coming first in Group C would mean France could face Argentina, depending on whether the Lionel Messi-led side can pull off a comeback and take second place in Group D, as Croatia has already sealed the top spot.

–IANS

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