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Denmark to play for win in decisive World Cup clash against France: Hareide

Denmark face France on Tuesday needing a point from their final game to be sure of a place in the last 16, as they bid to reach the knockout rounds of a World Cup for the first time since 2002.

Denmark to play for win in decisive World Cup clash against France: Hareide
Denmark coach Åge Hareide on Monday. Photo: AP Photo/David Vincent/Ritzau Scanpix

Coach Åge Hareide said the Danes would go in search of victory, resisting the dangerous temptation to look to settle for a draw in the match, which kicks off at 4pm Danish time at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

“I know one point will be enough but that's not a good way to start the match,” Norwegian Hareide said.

“If you put that into your players' heads there will be passiveness in the team and that's not good.”

“It will be a tough match tomorrow,” Hareide added. “The players worked very hard in the first two matches.

“We haven't done our best in terms of play but we've worked very hard for the points. We can't ask for more.”

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Hareide singled out a number of French players as potential danger men as he spoke on Monday ahead of the match.

“France have a team with so many good individual players,” he said.

“With (Paul) Pogba you know what he delivers as a player, you can't really compare with anything in Europe. And you have (Antoine) Griezmann up front, those are two pre-eminent players.”

Denmark would qualify regardless of how they fare against France if Australia fail to beat Peru in the other Group C match in Sochi. France, on six points, are already through to the knockout phase but would drop to second place in the group if they were to lose to Denmark.

Hareide admitted he and his coaching staff would be keeping an eye on proceedings in the match in the Black Sea resort city.

“We do have communication with our guy who is there and my assistant Jon Dahl (Tomasson) will receive the information,” he said.

“We will know how that's going on an ongoing basis. I'm not sure I'll tell the players though.”

Meanwhile, Hareide said his pre-tournament critical remarks about Tuesday's opponents France were “taken out of context.”

In the run-up to the tournament, Hareide was quoted as saying the French side was “nothing special” and that they lacked a “leader such as Zinedine Zidane”.

“First of all these were things taken out of context,” Hareide said in Moscow on Monday. “If you'd read the whole article you would have seen I was comparing with the '98 team [which won the World Cup on home soil, ed.].

“You can pick anything from an article you like, but I was just comparing with the best version of France we have ever seen.”

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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.

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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.”

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