Denmark to meet France, Australia, Peru at 2018 World Cup

Denmark have been drawn in Group C of next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they will face Peru, Australia and 1998 champions France.

Denmark to meet France, Australia, Peru at 2018 World Cup
Cafu pulls Denmark out of the hat. Photo: Ivan Sekretarev/AP/Ritzau

The draw, which took place in Moscow on Friday, saw Brazilian legend Cafu place Åge Hareide’s team, who qualified for the finals with an emphatic 5-1 aggregate win over the Republic of Ireland, against the three opponents.

Denmark will play their opening game against Peru on Saturday 16th June at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, around 400 kilometres southeast of Moscow.

It will be the South American nation’s first World Cup appearance since 1982.

The Danes will travel further east for the clash with Australia at the Samara Arena on June 21st.

Both stadiums are still under construction as Russia prepares for its first World Cup.

Denmark’s final group game will be a June 26th showdown in Moscow with 1998 champions France, one of the pre-tournament favourites.

France and Denmark have now been drawn together in the first round of six separate major finals — the European Championships of 1984, 1992 and 2000; and World Cups in 1998, 2002 and 2018.

National team captain Simon Kjær reacted to the draw by telling broadcaster DR that he believed the red and whites had a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

“We have to be satisfied with that World Cup group. It will be incredibly exciting, and we have to approach the group as we did the qualification group,” Kjær said.

“We always believed we would go through and now we believe we will go through from the World Cup group. We aim to go through – no doubt about it,” the central defender added.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.


Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”