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WORLD CUP

No Denmark regrets over dour tactics against France

Ignoring detractors who blasted Denmark's dour goalless draw against France, coach Åge Hareide pledged Wednesday that his side will "attack" next opponents Croatia in the World Cup last 16.

No Denmark regrets over dour tactics against France
People watch Denmark's World Cup match against France at a fan zone in Aalborg. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danes face Zlatko Dalic's side in Nizhny Novgorod on July 1st for a spot in the quarter-finals.

“It will be absolutely different against Croatia, we will attack,” Hareide told reporters at the team's Black Sea coast training base in Anapa.

Some fans in Moscow expressed their frustration by booing at the final whistle after the first 0-0 of the tournament on Tuesday — a result which saw France top Group C and Denmark progress as runners-up.

Even the official FIFA World Cup Twitter account hinted at boredom: “Lots of huffing and puffing, but….. Both sides progress to round of 16.”

But the 64-year-old Hareide said “only the result” mattered for Denmark who were happy to save energy for the next round.

“It's not the first time you've seen this in World Cup football and not the first time teams have been criticised for doing nothing,” he said.

“We wanted to do it ourselves because we couldn't trust Peru to beat Australia.”

The draw meant Denmark advanced to the latter stages of a World Cup for the time since 2002, while extending their impressive unbeaten run to 18 matches.

“It's difficult to make everyone happy,” said defender Mathias Jørgensen.

“It's not like we play like that every game, so for us (Monday) didn't really matter for us. The most important thing was to get the result.”

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Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland want to jointly host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2027.

Nordic countries to launch joint bid to host 2027 World Cup
Sweden players during this year's World Cup in France. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The five Nordic nations want to share hosting duties for the 2027 edition of the World Cup finals and are to present the idea to the Nordic Council at a meeting in Stockholm on Tuesday, Danish football association DBU has confirmed.

FIFA is already positively disposed to joint bids for future finals tournaments, which has lent encouragement to the Nordic project, according to DBU's chairman Jesper Møller.

“We can see that support for women's football is here to stay, most recently at the (2019) World Cup in France, where matches were played in front of full stadiums and television viewers' interest was huge,” Møller said.

“A joint Nordic World Cup would not only ensure a fantastic experience for many football fans but will also strengthen important Nordic partnerships and community, and hopefully inspire many football-keen women and girls,” he continued.

“That's why support from the Nordic Council is important,” he added.

The Nordic Council (Nordisk Råd) is the official body for inter-parliamentary co-operation among the five Nordic countries and three territories of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Åland Islands.

DBU is also looking into the possibility of hosting the 2025 European Championships in Denmark.

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