Denmark join France in knockout stages after drab draw

Already-eliminated Peru ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.

The Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result happened. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.

Andre Carrillo’s first-half goal — a half-volley from inside the area — was Peru’s first in a World Cup since 1982, the last time the South Americans played in the tournament. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, who almost missed the tournament because of a doping suspension, scored the second goal early in the second half to give his team an honorable finish after two opening losses.

Tim Cahill, a 38-year-old striker who entered the match in the second half, couldn’t give Australia a boost as it tried to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2006.

World Cup, Group Stage – Denmark 0 France 0

Already-qualified France were joined in the knockouts by Denmark as the two drew 0-0 in their final Group C match at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium on Tuesday.
Chances were few and far between in a tight first half, while Australia's hopes of qualifying were fading over in Sochi as they went a goal down to Peru in Sochi.
A second goal for Peru allowed Denmark to relax, and the Danes played out a drab second half with France to ensure both qualified for the last 16.
France top the group, while Denmark are through in second. Both nations await the outcome of tonight's Group D matches to discover their next opponents.
There isn’t one - News of Peru’s first-half opener against Australia allowed Denmark to take their foot off the gas, while Peru’s second allowed the Danes to get out the car completely. The talking point from Denmark’s draw with France is ultimately that there wasn’t one. We learned little from this match. France’s six changes hardly helped their fluidity, but no player really made a statement to Didier Deschamps. Dross all around, the only drama will be discovering who they face in the last-16 stage after this evening’s matches come to a close.
No one (Neither team) – No player deserves to be awarded man of the match. Nabil Fekirshowed some intent when coming on, which makes him the only player to get a 5, but his two shots on goal are hardly worthy of making him out to be the standout player.